Govert Bidloo (1649-1713) and the first description of lipomyelomeningocele.

R. Shane Tubbs, Phillip Cezayirli, William T. Blackerby, Mohammadali M. Shoja, Marios Loukas, W. Jerry Oakes

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Govert Bidloo was a Dutch anatomist and royal physician who lived during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Most remembered for his anatomy text and feud with contemporary William Cowper, Bidloo's surgical text appears to describe the first case of what is now known as a lipomyelomeningocele. The authors review the life of Bidloo and his description of this pathologic entity. Govert Bidloo appears to have described a lipomyelomeningocele almost 200 years before the description often mentioned as the sentinel paper on this topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1219-1221
Number of pages3
JournalChild's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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