International Leprosy Association -
History of Leprosy

  • International Leprosy Association -
    History of Leprosy


    Dr Etienne Francois-Xavier Montestruc

    Status Physician
    Country France


    Etienne Francois-Xavier Montestruc, MD (1900-1970), French doctor, was director of the Martinique Pasteur Institute from 1933 until 1963 when he became honorary director. In 1935 he started the administration of BCG to nearly all of the new-born children of the island. During the Second World War he sent BCG to Haiti and in appreciation he was made an honorary citizen of Haiti and Commander of their National Order. He took part in many international congresses and published more than 223 papers on leprosy. Montestruc received the honor of the Officer of the Legion of Honor, Chevalier of the Black Star of Binin and, posthumously, the Gold Medal from the French Red Cross.

    International Journal of Leprosy, Centennial Festskrift edition, Vol 41, No 2. 1973.

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