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February 1949

PROGRESS IN ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY FOR 1946 A Review Prepared by an Editorial Board of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: IX. INFECTIONS OF THE BONES AND JOINTS

Arch Surg. 1949;58(2):189-235. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1949.01240030194006

Silly Names for Penicillin Products.  —In February 1946 The Journal of the American Medical Association361 called attention editorially to a great variety of names for penicillin that had been introduced by manufacturers and purveyors. So many names had been offered that they seemed designed to conceal rather than reveal the nature of the product. Now come other titles that fail to indicate the nature of the product but which suggest the section of the body, or the animal, at which they are aimed, or that are otherwise as ridiculous. Here are a few samples from recent lists:To select a rose from such a garden would require a botanist with more basic knowledge of the naming of plants than most physicians possess. Perhaps the blue ribbon should go to either "Poultrycillin" or "Vagicillin." Perhaps the next step will be numbers to correspond with certain entrances or exits of the

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