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October 2013

Bechet vs Behçet: The Name Is Not the Same

Author Affiliations
  • 1Retired
  • 2Columbia University, New York, New York
  • 3private practice
JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(10):1223. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.7559

Recently, during a superb lecture on lupus erythematosus (LE), the following phrase slipped in: “hypertrophic LE was described by Behçet.” This is a common mistake with a simple explanation. Every dermatologist is proud to be able to spell Behçet, and when confronted with the name Bechet with the middle 2 letters transposed, one’s “intrinsic spell checker” converts Bechet to Behçet. When one searches for Bechet on www.jamadermatology.com, Behçet turns up quite often.

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