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January 28, 1933


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JAMA. 1933;100(4):278. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740040046028

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To the Editor:  —If an eponym is to be used at all in naming a disease—and there are good reasons for doing so when the eventual nomenclature and status of the disease are still in doubt—it is, I suppose, generally admitted that the name or names used should be those most importantly connected with its emergence as a disease entity. In the present instance, this most striking combination of membranous bony defects, exophthalmos and diabetes insipidus escaped the attention of the medical world until the report of H. A. Christian (Contributions to Medical and Biological Research, New York, Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., vol. 1, p. 390, 1919) in the Osler memorial volumes of a case not coming to autopsy, attributed to dyspituitarism. The report by Arthur Schüller (Fortschr. a. d. Geb. d. Röntgenstrahlen23:12, 1915-1916) in 1915 of two cases, also without autopsy and also attributed to dyspituitarism, has

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