Allusionist 45: Eponyms II - Name That Disease

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If you love eponyms like Roman Mars loves eponyms, I'm afraid physician Isaac Siemens is here to deliver some bad news: medics are ditching them, in favour of terms that a) contain information about what the ailment actually is, and/or b) don't honour Nazi war criminals. Eponyms are controversial things.

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MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
vibrissae

CREDITS:

  • Isaac Siemens is resident physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He says, "Eat your vegetables."
  • Roman Mars is the host of 99% Invisible and the founder of Radiotopia. It's his birthday today, so become a Radiotopia supporter at radiotopia.fm right now or there'll be tears before bedtime.
  • Veronica Simmonds came up with the idea and helped produce this episode. She produces Sleepover for CBC Radio, and the radio show in which she braids hair, Braidio.
  • This episode was produced by me, Helen Zaltzman, with Devon Taylor. Thanks to Steve Cross and Ross MacFarlane. The music is by Martin Austwick.

- HZ

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Allusionist 41: Getting Toasty

When you choose to spend the winter in Antarctica, you'll be prepared for it to be cold. You know that nobody will be leaving or arriving until springtime. And you're braced for months of darkness. But a few weeks after the last sunset, you might find you can't even string a sentence together.

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