JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
GEORGE L. RICHARDS, M.D. FALL RIVER, MASS.
As Chairman of the Section on Laryngology and Otology of the American
Medical Association, I bid you, the members of this Section, a most cordial
welcome to the Fifty-fourth Session of this Association and to the Fifteenth
Session of this Section. . . .
It is customary at this time for the chairman to make a brief report
of the general progress in his department for the preceding year. This was
most ably done last year by my predecessor, Dr. Makuen, but, unfortunately,
events have been such that I am unable to present to you any such review.
I accordingly invite your attention for a few moments to a subject which I
have not as yet heard discussed to any extent in any Section, yet which seems
to me to need ventilating. I refer to the growing tendency with the advance
of medicine and surgery to associate methods of treatment, and especially
operations, with the names of their real or supposed originators, and to describe
them under the heading of this or that person's operation or method of treatment.
Laryngology and otology is not so great a sinner in this regard as some of
the other specialties, yet we are far from guiltless, and much confusion results
from this, the reader or auditor often being in doubt as to exactly what is
meant by the particular operation described under someone's name.
THE EVIL OF EPONYMS.. JAMA. 2003;290(15):2072. doi:10.1001/jama.290.15.2072