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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Sudarshana Datta, MD [2]

Overview

Meckel's diverticulum was first described by Fabricius Hildanus in the sixteenth century. In 1809, Johann Friedrich Meckel threw light on the embryological origin of Meckel's diverticulum.

Historical Perspective

  • In the 1500s, Meckel’s diverticulum was first described by Fabricius Hildanus.
  • In 1809, the embryological origin of the Meckel’s diverticulum was described by Johann Friedrich Meckel. Meckel was a famous German scientist of the nineteenth century, well known as the "restorer" of comparative anatomy due to his vast knowledge in the subject.[1][2]

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  1. synd/2050 at Who Named It
  2. J. F. Meckel. Über die Divertikel am Darmkanal. Archiv für die Physiologie, Halle, 1809, 9: 421-453.

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