Tuffier, Théodore

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Tuffier, Théodore Gender: M
Théodore-Marin Tuffier
born on 26 March 1857 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Bellême, France, 48n22, 0e34
Timezone LMT m0e34 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 05°23' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 07°25 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 03°59'

Théodore Tuffier


French surgeon, a pioneer of pulmonary and cardiovascular surgery and of spinal anaesthesia, remembered in modern medicine through 'Tuffier's Line', an imaginary line connecting the iliac crests, used as a landmark for the L3/4 vertebral interspace in spinal anaesthesia and lumbar puncture.

He was appointed a hospital surgeon in 1887 and initially worked at the Hôpital de la Pitié, then at the hôpital Beaujon. In 1889 he was made an associate professor and in 1891 he carried out the first successful re-section of an upper right lung destroyed by tuberculosis.

Tuffier worked on cardio-vascular surgery alongside Alexis Carrel and carried out one of the first successful interventions for an aortic aneurysm as well as the first dilation of an aortic stenosis. He also worked on the first vascular prostheses. He worked on 'triage' for the wounded during World War One.

He died on 27 October 1929, aged 72, in Paris.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Archives Gauquelin: Scientists & Medical Doctors (Hommes De Science) A, vol. 2, #718 [1].


  • Vocation : Medical : Surgeon
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Tuffier's Line")