The case for consistent use of medical eponyms by eliminating possessive forms


  • Kwabena Ayesu Department of Medicine, Orlando Regional Healthcare, Orlando, FL
  • Brenda Nguyen University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando Regional Healthcare, Orlando, FL
  • Stephanie Harris Medical Science Library, Orlando Regional Healthcare, Orlando, FL
  • Steve Carlan Division of Academic Affairs and Research, Orlando Regional Healthcare, 1401 Lucerne Terrace, 2nd Floor, Orlando, FL 32806



Medical Eponyms, Searching Medical Literature, Named Diseases


The objective of this commentary is to highlight the pervasive usage of both forms of medical eponyms in medical literature amongst prestigious medical journals indexed in the PubMed database. This use of eponyms poses a source of confusion in literature searching as well as a lack of consistency in medical education. The adoption of consistent non-possessive forms should be encouraged by editors, reviewers, and publishers.


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