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Science  26 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5543, pp. 751
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5543.751b

Most people have heard of Down syndrome and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. But what do you know about John Langdon Down, Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt, and Alfons Maria Jakob? Although we remember the diseases, the researchers who discovered them often slide into obscurity. Uncover the doctors and scientists behind more than 4500 medical eponyms at, an enlightening site whose entries run from Aaron's sign (pain in the thorax or upper abdomen associated with appendicitis) to Zuelzer-Wilson syndrome (a nerve disorder of the colon). Besides describing the diseases, syndromes, tests, and procedures, the site offers brief biographies of many of the 59 women and 1814 men who gave their names to science.

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