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Dupuytren: restoring balance vs. winning the war
Jan 10, 2019

There were a number of responses to the last blog post. Annie Stratton wrote something so insightful I’ve included it with permission at the end of this post. The last post used the analogy of war, the war on Dupuytren. That seemed reasonable for several reasons – the importance of strategy and tactics, the concept of […]

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Strategies and Tactics of Dupuytren Treatment: Measurement
On: Jan 8, 2019
By: Charles Eaton

This is the introduction to an upcoming series of discussions on the science behind new potential preventive Dupuytren treatments. The guiding mission of the Dupuytren Research Group is to do what needs to be done to prevent and stop Dupuytren. Our goal is the conquest of Dupuytren. Dupuytren damages hands, but the main effort of the […]

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Cyber Monday Support for Dupuytren Research
On: Nov 26, 2018
By: Charles Eaton

Use Cyber Monday to Support Dupuytren Research! Amazon4Dup.com links you to Amazon Smile’s Dupuytren Research Group page. (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/26-3886958) Amazon donates to Dupuytren Research Group with every purchase made through Remember to do all your Amazon shopping through Amazon4Dup.com! – Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, Holidays, and every day! –  

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Dupuytren and Fear of the Unknown
On: Oct 31, 2018
By: Charles Eaton

Dupuytren and Fear of the Unknown Boopuytren! Here’s a common Dupuytren script. A person finds something unexplained in their palm. They see a hand surgeon, who tells them “You have Dupuytren disease.” “There’s nothing to do now.” “Come back when you can’t put your palm flat on a tabletop.” First, disappointment: the doctor did …nothing! (and […]

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A better Dupuytren measurement?
On: Oct 24, 2018
By: Charles Eaton

Measuring Dupuytren What’s the best way to measure Dupuytren disease impact? Finger angles? Dexterity performing hand-related activities? Subjective or self-reported surveys? It turns out that Dupuytren is difficult to pigeonhole. People often compensate for some loss of motion without being aware that they are. Unless the fingers are really bent, angle measurements don’t correlate with […]

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The Importance of Dupuytren Stories
On: Oct 17, 2018
By: Charles Eaton

The story depends on the storyteller. For nearly two centuries, the only narrators of the story of Dupuytren have been doctors and therapists. The public face of Dupuytren was limited either to what was easy to describe (measuring finger angles) or to technical details relevant to surgery. It was a narrow tunnel vision about what […]

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Happy Birthday, Dupuytren!
On: Oct 5, 2018
By: Charles Eaton

Today Would Have Been Dupuytren’s Birthday Guillaume Dupuytren (10/5/1777 – 2/8/1835) was born on this day in Pierre-Buffières, France. He excelled in anatomic studies and was appointed assistant surgeon at the Hôtel-Dieu in Paris at the age of 26. He rose to the position of head surgeon at the Hôtel-Dieu and remained so until his […]

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Women with Dupuytren disease
On: Oct 4, 2018
By: Charles Eaton

Women with Dupuytren Disease A traditional Dupuytren narrative is that Dupuytren is primarily a painless nuisance problem of bent fingers in old men. This perception does a disservice to many. Not only is Dupuytren common in women, it may also present a unique burden to women. Updating the traditional narrative is central to raising awareness […]

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