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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 91
Respect the history

Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha - 442 102, India

Date of Web Publication26-Dec-2014

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Bhushan Madke
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha - 442 102
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.147812

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Eponym (A word or name derived from the name of a person)

I have read with interest the paper by Jindal N and colleagues recently published in your esteemed journal. [1] I have noticed that the paper has been co-authored by two non-dermatologists belonging to the faculty of pharmacology and clinical hematology. With this background, I have noticed that few errors have crept in the paper which can be directly attributed to a non-dermatologist co-authoring a paper which needs a good theoretical and clinical knowledge of the subject. I must enumerate the errors which I have noticed.

  • Crowe's sign: Axillary freckling in neurofibromatosis type 1 is commonly referred to as Crowe's sign and is named after Frank W. Crowe, an American physician. [2] The authors have wrongly compared this sign to a bird named Corvus splendens (House crow)
  • Authors have wrongly referred the acronym LAMB (Lentigines, Atrial myxoma, Mucocutaneous myxoma, and Blue nevi) and LEOPARD syndrome to an animal eponym
  • Pseudoparalysis of Parrot: Parrot described several children in whom pain in one or more extremities secondary to syphilitic osteochondritis of an epiphysis resulted in lack of movement of those extremities. He called this pseudoparalysis. [3] Authors have again erroneously related the finding to a bird named Psittacines (Parrot).

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Jindal N, Jindal P, Kumar J, Gupta S, Jain VK. Animals eponyms in dermatology. Indian J Dermatol 2014;59:631.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Friedman JM. Neurofibromatosis 1. In: Pagon RA, Adam MP, Ardinger HH, Bird TD, Dolan CR, Fong CT, Smith RJ, Stephens K, editors. GeneReviews®. Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle; 1993.  Back to cited text no. 2
Teberg A, Hodgman JE. Congenital syphilis in newborn. Calif Med 1973;118:5-10.  Back to cited text no. 3


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