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A letter to the editor in this issue from Burman and associates (1) calls attention to our shift to use of nonpossessive forms of eponyms. We apologize for not announcing this change before applying it. In the future, we will call attention to new style decisions in occasional "Style Notes" such as this editorial note.
An eponym should not be used when a directly descriptive synonym is available. Osteitis deformans is conceptually more helpful than Paget disease of bone. The National Library of Medicine's nomenclatural system, Medical Subject Headings (2), regularly cross-refers from eponymic terms when they are available and
Style Notes: Eponyms. Ann Intern Med. 1988;108:630–631. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-4-630
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(4):630-631.
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