Jean-Dominique Bauby

French journalist, author and editor with Locked-In Syndrome (1952-1997)

Jean-Dominique Bauby (23 April 19529 March 1997) was a well-known French journalist and author and editor of the French fashion magazine ELLE who suffered from locked-in syndrome. He was able to dictate his memoir, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by blinking his left eye.


  • The city, that monster with a hundred mouths and a thousand ears, a monster that knows nothing but says everything, had written me off.
    • Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death), trans. Jeremy Leggatt (Vintage, 1998, ISBN 0-375-70121-4), p. 82
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