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January 1966

Benjamin Guy Babington: "They Are Honoring the Wrong Man!"

Author Affiliations

3, Fitzwilliam Square Dublin

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;83(1):72-76. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020074023

BRIGHT'S disease, Addison's disease, Hodgkin's disease—these eponymous ailments all have one feature in common: they were first described by physicians who were connected with Guy's Hospital in the middle of the last century. A contemporary colleague of theirs who might well have been similarly honored is Benjamin Guy Babington (Fig 1). He was a talented and versatile worker who invented the prototype of the laryngoscope in 1830,1 a quarter of a century before Garcia, and who in 1865 was the first to discover multiple telangiectasia.

This disease was described by Babington in 18652 and later by Rendu in 18963 and by Osler in 1901.4 Professor Cambrelin of Brussels suggested in 1953 that recognition should now be given to Babington for being the first to describe this disease. He proposed that in the future it should be called the disease of Babington, Rendu, and Osier. It would be a pleasant and