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Current use of medical eponyms – a need for global uniformity in scientific publications

Narayan Jana*, Sukumar Barik and Nalini Arora

BMC Medical Research Methodology 2009, 9:18  doi:10.1186/1471-2288-9-18

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Easier to change publishing systems than to change language

John Hilton   (2010-02-01 14:45)  freelance medical editor email

Persuading publishers, institutions, societies, and others to agree to abolish possessive eponyms would take time and a fair amount of effort, when perhaps there are bigger issues for those groups to tackle. Furthermore, it requires a change to everyday language that many will ignore or resent. If the change from possessive to non-possessive forms is happening anyway, why push it? Perhaps a better solution to the underlying issues of search accuracy and confusion would be promote the embedding of medical coding systems in publishing and searching. This would have the advantage of covering non-English language variants and other naming variations.

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