Woman and Anesthetist in Bir Hakeim



Gentili ME.


J Anesth Hist. 2018 Oct;4(4):222-226. doi: 10.1016/j.janh.2018.08.009. Epub 2018 Sep 13.


Louise-Marie Lemanissier was a French physician who, after The Appeal of 18 June, joined with her husband the doctors of the Free French Forces (FFL) during World War II. The 1st Free French Division moved to Bir Hakeim on February 13, 1942, and the Lemanissier couple joined it in the Hadfield Spears Mobile Surgical Ambulance. Louise-Marie Lemanissier performed anesthesia among other duties. Anesthesia techniques seem to have been limited to the use of the Ombredanne’s mask. After 17 days, the 1st Free French Division broke the siege on June 10, 1942, to join with the British troops. The couple returned to Syria until the end of war, and then returned to France. Louise-Marie Lemanissier passed her medical thesis in 1947, devoted to serotherapy in the treatment of Diphtheria. She died in 2007 in her hundredth year. CI – Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier Inc.

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Link/DOI: 10.1016/j.janh.2018.08.009