HARRY F. DOWLING, M.D.
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To paraphrase the old conundrum, when is a name not a name? The answer is, when one is describing a syndrome. For inevitably some years after the second case of Noseaneez syndrome is described, Dr. Persnickety points out that this wasn't a case of Noseaneez syndrome at all because the nose and ankles were involved and not the nose and knees. Several years later Dr. Ihaveseenit describes the Toesansneeze syndrome. Eventually scores of aspiring doctors have recognized cases of the Noseaneez and Toesansneeze syndromes. But then, Dr. Lumpum, in a most erudite article, explains that actually the Noseaneez and Toesansneeze
DOWLING HF. The Naming of Syndromes. Ann Intern Med. ;59:767–770. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-59-5-767
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(5_Part_1):767-770.
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