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February 1990

The Rosettes of James Homer Wright

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Philadelphia, Pa

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(2):167. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070040017007

To the Editor.  —I read with interest the recent article by Bullock et al1 concerning a primary orbital neuroblastoma that appeared in the July issue of the Archives. I was intrigued, however, by the use of the term Homer-Wright rosettes, both in their abstract and in the body of their paper. Unlike the Flexner-Wintersteiner rosettes, which were named after two people (first described by Flexner in 1891 and then by Wintersteiner in 1897), Homer Wright rosettes were named after one person, James Homer Wright, who did not have a hyphenated last name. Wright wrote his classic report2 when he was director of the pathology laboratory of Massachusetts General Hospital. Although it would seem appropriate to call the rosettes Wright rosettes, the term Homer Wright rosettes usually is used.

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