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Medicine's hall of fame

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39167.637419.59 (Published 26 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:903
  1. Balaji Ravichandran, editor, studentBMJ (bravichandran@bmj.com)
  1. London WC1H 9JR

    Unsung heroes of modern medicine, page turning legends from Chinese medicine, and juicy anecdotes about Nobel prize winners—Balaji Ravichandran savours a new dictionary of medical biography

    The beauty (or the pain) of studying medicine is the sheer volume of eponymous conditions encountered. While much time is spent in memorising their names, we rarely pause to wonder who the name behind the eponymy was, what he or she did, and how they did it. This compendium will serve curious minds well.

    The Dictionary of Medical Biography is not a dry collection of facts that only a keen student or a medical historian might pore over. Rather, the insightful and well written essays go beyond merely listing individuals and recording their medical or scientific achievements. For one thing, the articles illustrate the contrasting personalities of some of modern medicine's unlikely champions. Some were loud and proud—for example, Thomas Bartholin, who …

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