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April 15, 1968

Ringer, Hartmann, and Their Solutions

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Lexington, Ky

JAMA. 1968;204(3):273. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140160082033

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To the Editor:—  We note with mild amusement that Dr. Hanson would have us substitute one eponym for another. Hartmann did indeed add lactate to Ringer's solution, giving us a better balanced solution with a closer resemblance to the electrolyte content of extracellular fluid and some buffering capacity. Since Dr. Hanson does not wish to invoke the eternal debate concerning the use of eponyms in scientific writing, we feel that Hartmann's solution is the better eponym for the solution we use.Perhaps we are all victims of the language differences that tend to grow up between specialties. Among surgeons, internists, anesthesiologists, and pediatricians the term "Hartmann's" is a familiar one made comfortable to us by long usage. The commercial solution is labeled "Hartmann's Solution" in large letters. Pathologists and those of other specialties who have less reason to use this material may find this terminology strange. If so, any questions