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To the Editor:—
The title of a paper appearing in the Clinical Notes section of The Journal, Feb. 11, page 509, seems to me to be a glaring example of poor editing and of what The Journal should never feature in its pages. The title is "Early Aspiration of Joint in Christmas Disease." While it is obvious from the paper that the author refers to hemophilia, the use of the eponym is justified nowhere in the article with an explanation or a bibliographic reference. Christmas disease is not included in the Encyclopedia of Medical Syndromes (Robert H. Durham, New York City: Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., 1960) nor in about half a dozen recently published medical dictionaries and textbooks on medicine I have consulted.While the use of eponyms is generally considered in poor taste to describe well-known clinical entities, it might still be justified in certain instances in which it
Lamar CP. Christmas Disease. JAMA. 1961;176(6):552. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040190074029