[Dujarier's case]

Ann Chir Plast Esthet. 1989;34(3):290-2.
[Article in French]


On February 17th, 1926, Charles Dujarier, a fully qualified French surgeon, operated a young model, Mademoiselle Geoffre, who wished to improve the looks of her unbecoming legs. The operation was a disaster. Suture tension was responsible for gangrene that required amputation of the operated leg. The outcome of the lawsuit was severe for Dujarier who was required to pay 200,000 francs compensation, but even more so for plastic surgery that was practically outlawed. Two years later, Dujarier's sentence was confirmed, but plastic surgery was cleared and considered licit on condition that the patient's informed consent be obtained. Dujarier died shortly after the second ruling.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Amputation, Surgical
  • Female
  • France
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Leg / surgery*
  • Legislation, Medical / history
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Surgery, Plastic / history*

Personal name as subject

  • C Dujarier