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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.
- Who named it?
- A potted guide to medical eponyms.
- Dr Henry Heimlich, aged 96, saves a stranger's life with his eponymous manoeuvre.
- Read about the many different people involved in researching Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome, and how the condition may have led to the deposal of King Otto of Greece.
- What to do if a medical condition is named after a Nazi...
- ...because there's a non-zero chance that it is.
- Was Dr Asperger a Nazi?
- Stigler's Law of Eponymy: no scientific discovery is named after its original discoverer.
- The transcript of this episode is at theallusionist.org/transcripts/name-that-disease.
- Listen to Allusionist 21: Eponyms I - The Ballad of Bic and Biro.
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MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
- 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.