CEXS-UPF: New medical terms close the trilogy of Catalan medical eponyms

CEXS-UPF: New medical terms close the trilogy of Catalan medical eponyms

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Josep-Eladi Baños, Pharmacology Professor of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of UPF (DCEXS), and Elena Guardiola, associate professor of the same Department, present the latest volume of the triology on Catalan medical eponymy from the Dr Esteve Foundation. It is a historic overview of Catalan medicine through eponyms. This third edition includes over 60 articles on people and research centres, which have left a significant mark on the history of medicine.

In this third volume of the series on Catalan medical eponymy, readers will find a list of eponyms dedicated to Catalan botanic doctors of the 18th and 19th centuries, along with eponyms arising from contemporary doctors, many of whom are still active. The book also contains a range of eponyms not from people, but which are attributed to hospitals where the authors work, such as Hospital Clínic, Hospital del Mar of Barcelona or Hospital Parc Taulí of Sabadell, and places like Barcelona, Sabadell and Catalonia. For example, the city of Barcelona gives its name to a type of haemoglobin, an improvement criteria of primary biliary cirrhosis and a psychological test.

Eponyms no longer always correspond to surgical techniques, semiological data or anatomical discoveries. Catalan medical eponymy has also adapted to our times and in this third volume, heart failure risk calculators, therapeutic improvement criteria and surgery apparatus can be found. The authors remark that it is an interesting fact that names of doctors have gradually disappeared from eponyms. This could be the result of teamwork and leadership not being so clear as in the past. It may also be a feeling of modesty of the person concerned and not accepting admiration?.

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