Give a disease a bad nameBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7460.272 (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:272
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It was very interesting to go through the article.Naming anything-
person,disease,anatomical structures etc goes to the history to that
particular item. Many of them have relevant names having association with
the time ,place or the person of origin however difficult it might prove
to others.Some have pride that it was named in relation to them while
other hate like in the case of Malta fever.Considering medical names which
mostly are derived from Greek and Latin words most of the medical students
around the world face prolems remembering them as they sound very foreign
to them.In adition to this there are numerous of them which are labeled as
misnomers- the constant trouble makers. These misnomers have no relation
to anything except making people confused and difficult to learn them. One
thing that I don't understand is why people still keep the same name which
sounds very irrevalent these days? What fault is there in renaming them
according to their relevance? Why are we still that conservative to even
make nuisance a friend?
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