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August 1970

Illustrated Dictionary of Eponymic Syndromes and Diseases and Their Synonyms.

Author Affiliations

Wailuku, Hawaii

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(2):334. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310080140022

Ever since the unfortunate recent death of the wonderful English humorist, Stephen Potter, the father of gamesmanship, we apostles have been obliged to seek a new champion. Since the eponym has always been the favorite weapon of the medical "one-upsman" (the died-in-the-wool Roundsman), a likely candidate for the laurels might have been Stanley Jablonski, author of this marvelous book of eponyms. But he will be refused endorsement by the hard core because of his terribly hedgy note in the "Introduction"; he said "This book does not reflect my approval or disapproval of eponyms —it merely recognizes that they exist." I venture that no eponymist worth his salt will rally behind such a weak-kneed neutrality.

But, he has compiled the best book of eponyms I have seen. I challenged the book with my best shots, but Jablonski parried every riposte. It is complete from Abderhalden-Fanconi syndrome to Zwahlen's syndrome.

The pleasure

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