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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  • 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 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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