started this petition to
Martin Hirsch, Directeur Général de l'Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris
It should be named after a woman symbolically illustrating the medical and scientific genius of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP). A poor orphan pupil of the Public Assistance in Paris achieved an exemplary career of world-famous professor of biophysics starting at La Pitié where she invented neuro-imaging (gamma-encephalography and echo-encephalography-A) in the 1950ies.
A new pavilion dedicated to the Endocrinology- Nutrition opened in early 2014 at the Hospital Pitié-Salpêtrière , Paris 13e .
It should be named after a woman symbolically illustrating the medical and scientific genius of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP). The name of Thérèse Planiol should win without better rival. It must be validated by the larger this initiative requested by this petition popular support.
Dr. Thérèse Planiol born Dupeyron, first French biophysics professor but also an orphan pupil of Assistance Publique in Paris (AP), was abandoned at birth December 25, 1914 and raised in Auvergne in humble rural foster parents, generous and affectionate that she will cherish all her life.
Early holder of high school diploma, she became one of the secretaries of Louis Mourier, CEO of the AP, who allowed her to obtain a BSc in the mean time; but he vetoed her desire to be a doctor. His successor, less macho, allowed her to enroll in the Faculty of Medicine of Paris, and was intern in the hospitals of Paris during the years of war 39-45. She was brilliant and hard working; in 1947 she won the tough contest of Internat des Hôpitaux de Paris (exclusive residency program). Aspiring to become a pediatric neurologist, she was directed by Professor Robert Debré to his assistant professor, Dr. Maurice Tubiana (1920-2013) which launched nuclear medicine programs on his return from UC Berkeley; her doctoral thesis was a monument to the isotopic study of neurological devastation induced by tuberculous meningitis in young children.
She founded isotope neuroimaging in Europe. She became assistant of Professor Henri Fishgold, head of electroradiology at the neurosurgical clinic of Professors Petit-Dutaillis and David at the HOSPITAL LA PITIÉ-SALPÊTRIÈRE. She invented the bases of gamma-encephalography and ultrasonic echo-encephalography she conceived with the help of her husband, industrious polytechnic engineer who will be her Pygmalion until his death in 1979.
She was denied access to a career as an academic doctor in Paris hospitals. She was appointed associate professor of medical physics at Rouen in 1967. She opted for the full-time professorship at the university hospital of Tours in 1968. Here she founded a worldwide reputation school of biophysics and biotechnology associated with three heads :
1) with the acoustic engineer who became a doctor under his rule, Professor Leander Pourcelot, it is at the origin of Doppler ultrasound in real time. She founded the French Society of Ultrasound Applications in Medicine and Biology ( SFAUMB ) ;
2) with the cardiologist Mireille Brochier, she invented cardiac istotopic imaging;
3) she developed isotopic immunodiagnostic applied to endocrinology and oncology and infectious diseases. She nurtured multiple talents and achieved one of the best schools of biophysics worldwide. She had become honorary professor and chairman in 1980.
She was honored with the vonHevesy Prize, Nobel Prize-equivalent in nuclear physics in 1989 and the Antoine Béclère Medal in 1996. She was Vice -President of the XVIth World Congress of Radiology of Paris in 1989 (ICR'89). She made Thérèse and René Planiol Foundation for Brain its universal legatee before her death in her hundredth year on January 8th, 2014 . She was also a woman of letters and survive by her books indexed in the National Library, including her autobiography reprinted twice and her poems.
I thank all the supporters who sign this petition on behalf of plentiful admirers who have personally experienced one of the most beautiful portraits of women of the twentieth century. The poor orphan pupil of the Public Assistance in Paris achieved an exemplary career. It would be just and fruitful for both AP-HP and CHU Pitié to honor her in their turn by labelling her name at thez top of the last Pavilion built in the hospital where she created the technology and techniques of neuro-endocrinology bases.
Martin Hirsch will be sensitive to an influx of signatures for a woman he has already honored the tomb by a wreath in his memory.
Dr. Jean-François Moreau, AIHP, HyFACR.
Professeur émérite, Université Paris Descartes
Radiologiste honoraire de l'hôpital Necker
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Pr. Jean-François Moreau
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et Technologies de l'Imagerie Médicale
Posted: 22 January 2014 (Updated: 14 April 2015)