Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see your family name, town, or anatomical structure used as an eponym as in Crohn disease or Lyme disease or Islets of Langerhans? Also, do words such as “fatal” or “epidemic” in the name of diseases cause panic?
Click HERE to read A Modern Guide To Naming Diseases, a New Yorker article 2015, and find out the current thinking of the World Health Organization about nosology – the classification of diseases.
Note: The modern trend is to use the non-possessive form of eponyms as in Crohn disease instead of Crohn’s disease.
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