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December 12, 2001

Neurological EponymsNeurological Eponyms

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001American Medical Association

JAMA. 2001;286(22):2876-2877. doi:10.1001/jama.286.22.2876-JBK1212-2-1

Who's in a name? Is it better to use the term Babinski sign or to describe an upgoing plantar response to noxious cutaneous stimulation to the sole of the foot? This entertaining book, although it does not answer this question, describes the derivation of many common neurological eponyms.

The editors of this multiauthored collection of short essays are true believers who suggest "that it is precisely because medicine has recently acquired a scientific status that it can afford the luxury of eponyms." Furthermore, eponyms are enshrined in day-to-day medical usage and are used in all the sciences. Neurology brims with eponyms.

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