7 Famous People With Dupuytren's Contracture

A Condition Named for a Famous French Surgeon

The benediction sign given by the pontiffs of the Roman Catholic Church may have started with a pope who had Dupuytren's contracture. This common hand deformity with the ring and pinky fingers folded into the palm is named after a famous French surgeon who was the first to operate on the deformity in the early 19th Century.

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