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January 16, 1967

Changing Horses In Midstream

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Richmond Hill, NY

JAMA. 1967;199(3):222-223. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120030126036

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To the Editor:—  In your editorial of Nov 7, 1966, entitled "On Changing Terminologic Horses," you conclude with the following paragraph:"Tampering with names is a hazardous undertaking. Terminologic horses are best left unchanged in mid-investigational stream."In your first paragraph you refer to Sir Sharpey-Schafer. This tampering with his proper name would not have pleased him, or any other knight. Would you like to be known as Sir Sharpey?Sir Edward, as early as 1894, along with Oliver, first described the hormonal effects of the suprarenal gland. He was born Edward Albert Schafer. In grateful recognition to his great teacher Sharpey, he prefixed his name to his own.I think it is high time we learn the proper terminological address of our British colleagues. After his knighthood in 1913 we address him as Sir Edward.I had the pleasure of studying under and knowing this great, courageous, and able