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June 2015

Jonathan Hutchinson—The Eponyms Physician

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Salman bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia
  • 2Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(6):634. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.0325

Jonathan Hutchinson was born in Selby, England, in 1828. He is well known for the eponymous terms named after him and his catchy descriptive terms that were accurate and well-remembered, for instance, the “apple jelly” for lupus vulgaris, the “screwdriver” for central incisor peg teeth, and the “ground glass” for cornea of congenital syphilis.1 He believed that illustrations were a necessary adjunct of clinical observations. He employed an artist to visit the wards and paint pictures of skin lesions, and later he built a museum for his collection of drawings, illustrations, and wax models for pathological and dermatological conditions.2 Hutchinson was a surgeon, dermatologist, ophthalmologist, and pathologist. Of note, his interest in pathology was influenced by James Paget.2

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