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October 7, 1961

Caffey's Enigma

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Department of Pediatrics University of California Medical Center, San Francisco 22.

JAMA. 1961;178(1):90. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040400092025

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To the Editor:—  For the record, while I am opposed to the use of eponyms and while "priorities" are of low significance, I cannot refrain from calling your attention to a statement in an editorial of The Journal (175:495 [Feb. 11] 1961) that the condition known as cortical hyperostosis was first described by Dr. Caffey.It is true that the report by Caffey and Silverman was published in the American Journal of Roentgenology for July, 1945. The report by Smyth, Potter, and Silverman was published in the A.M.A. Journal of Diseases of Children for April, 1946. What is overlooked is that Silverman was at the University of California prior to joining the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia with Caffey, and that a footnote to Caffey's article states that the report was read in summary before the New York Academy of Medicine on March 8, 1945. In similar fashion, the

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