"THE LIBRARY IS ALSO A LABORATORY"All too often at clinical meetings and in dermatologic publications one finds references to a disease named after a person. Seldom does the speaker or writer give other than the eponym, and often then allows the hearer or reader a choice of disease, as more than one disease has at one time or another been accredited to an authority. In general, little is known regarding the man mentioned, and few would be able to give with accuracy any details as to the authority whose name is sounded.Little is ordinarily known of the history of the disease, nor is it generally known that many are improperly accredited. This is entirely aside from the question of the propriety of naming diseases after people.It occurred to me some time ago to make a study of eponyms in dermatology, and the search has been a
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