Tag Archives: eponyms

Sanderson’s Thumb and the end of an eponymous era?

Kit Green Sanderson Canada   A thumb exhibiting a positive “Sanderson’s Thumb” sign. Photo by the author. If you are in the medical profession, you have likely heard of the Babinski reflex or McBurney’s point, but have you ever heard of Sanderson’s thumb? No? Let me explain . . . Sleep deprived, overworked, and two […]

Doctors like eponymity

Denis Gill Dublin, Ireland   I must confess to liking medical eponyms. As a medical student in 1960s Dublin, we were taught the names of famous Irish physicians of the Georgian period (1780-1840), a time when Dublin was famed for its bedside teaching. Their names evoked an interest in the history of medicine and in […]

The language of medicine

Rebecca MacDonell-Yilmaz Providence, Rhode Island   Language, both spoken and written, plays an enormous role in the education that we absorb from our predecessors and pass on to our successors. I realized this early on during my clinical rotations as a medical student, as I stared, lost, at the fishbone diagrams scratched out in residents’ […]