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April 1971

Illustrated Dictionary of Eponymic Syndromes and Diseases and Their Synonyms.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;121(4):363. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02100150137023

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These fascinating volumes serve as sources of lunch time and leisure time titillation, much like the habit of dipping into Willis' Borderland of Pathology and Embryology or Percy's Reliques. Their overall clinical and pedagogical value depends much upon the experience, ingenuity, and anality of the reader, as they are collector's repositories. Mr. Jablonski is not a physician, and his work is free of the dubious bias of enthusiasts for the eponym (a dubious form of one-upmanship, now limited largely to the callow and to certain university hospitals). His disclaimer, simple and direct is "this book does not reflect my approval or disapproval of eponyms, it merely recognizes that they exist."

McKusick's collection is in the form of computer printout and this giant of erudition, long since tempered in the fires of clinical cardiology and human genetics, is sufficiently "human" (a term at once approbative and pejorative) as to include conditions

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