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April 11, 1986

Eponym's 's

Author Affiliations

Senior Medical Evaluation Officer on behalf of the Editorial Staff of the National Board of Medical Examiners Philadelphia

JAMA. 1986;255(14):1879. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370140077018

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To the Editor.—  In 1976, the Manual for Authors & Editors of the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted as editorial style the removal of the 's from most eponymic designations and, in the opinion of some of us, achieved a very desirable simplification and uniformity of style. In the 1981 revision of the same manual the AMA restored the 's, presumably in response to the criticism of readers who found the loss of the 's jarring to the ear or clumsy on the tongue.The National Board of Medical Examiners has for most of its examinations in recent years left the 's off eponyms. We have been guided by the inconsistency that has been prevalent in such use. Consider that hyphenated eponyms, such as Niemann-Pick or Tay-Sachs, have not had apostrophes for years. Nor have Argyll Robinson, Pierre Robin, Treacher Collins, Bence Jones, Louis-Bar, nor Albers-Schönberg had apostrophes, despite the