Did you know that there is a new biography of Dr. Jerome Lejeune available? In Jérôme Lejeune: A Man of Science and Conscience, author Aude Dugast offers a compelling portrait of one of the most groundbreaking geneticists of the 20th century, the man who discovered the cause of Down syndrome. This detailed account follows not only the great scientific accomplishments of Dr. Lejeune, but also his fight for the life and dignity of his patients, his devout spiritual life, and profound compassion.
The culmination of 11 years of extensive interviews with Dr. Lejeune’s family members, patient families, colleagues, and friends, Dugast’s work offers a fresh, intimate look at the life of the pioneer of modern genetics.
The book is available now from Ignatius Press – we encourage you to check it out!
“There is no Man with a capital M. There are men, individual human beings, and each of them deserves respect.”
– Dr. Jerome Lejeune, quoted in Jerome Lejeune: A Man of Science and Conscience
The Jerome Lejeune Foundation does not receive any kind of reimbursement for the promotion of this book or portion of sales profits. We are simply sharing it with the hopes of helping others learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Lejeune.
Carrying on the Legacy of Dr. Jerome Lejeune
Dr. Jerome Lejeune worked tirelessly throughout his life to provide quality medical care to individuals with Down syndrome. He knew that people with Down syndrome often present signs and symptoms differently and can be misdiagnosed by doctors who have little experience with the disorder. He knew that by devoting extra time to get to know his patients and providing comprehensive consultations, his patients would receive better treatment and be able to live their best lives.
That’s why here at the Jerome Lejeune Foundation, we have sought to bring this vision of care to the United States by opening the first Jerome Lejeune Medical Center in Denver, Colorado for those with Down syndrome. Launched in March 2021, the center currently runs a pilot program providing medical care for children with Down syndrome and will later expand to adult patients.
As we look to expand beyond the pilot program, we need your help now more than ever. In honor of Dr. Lejeune, will you consider a donation to help provide quality medical care for those with Down syndrome in the U.S.?