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D Doyle
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Volume 36: Issue 3: 2006




Medical eponyms were a colourful feature of medical teaching and practice  in  past  generations  but  are  now  seldom  used  or  awarded.   This paper(and  two  that  follow)  looks  at  the  doctors,  all  associated  with Edinburgh,  behind  some  of  the  best  known  eponyms  and  at  those  who bestowed or encouraged them.  It asks why some discoveries or inventions were  eponymised, and  asks  what  purpose  they  served and  why  they  are losing favour.