Pierre LasjauniasBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1701 (Published 16 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1701
- J J Bhattacharya
Anatomy is now seldom lauded. Still less are professors of anatomy widely known and loved. But by the time of his premature death, Pierre Lasjaunias commanded a unique reputation and affection internationally, both as an anatomist and as an interventional neuroradiologist, having practically created the discipline of paediatric neurointervention.
He was an inspired and inspiring teacher and a fine illustrator. “Learn the anatomy: it’s the cheapest way of being safe,” he often exhorted. He believed that anatomy could be understood only as a dynamic subject: the three dimensions of traditional anatomy together with the influences of time, in the short term embryonic development and in the long term vertebrate evolution.
Pierre recorded this work in his four volume textbook Surgical Neuroangiography, whose second edition was completed not long before his death. When an unusual pattern of cerebral blood vessels was encountered doctors from all over the world would send images for his opinion. For example, in 2003 when the Iranian craniopagus conjoined twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani were being assessed before their attempted surgical separation in Singapore, he was …