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"So, You're on a Disease!?"

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    Seeing the Invisible: van Leeuwenhoek's first glimpses of the microbial world : YOUTUBE : 6:38 min. videotje Lens Making in the 1600s YOUTUBE videotje Pages about the life and accomplishments of An...
  • Prof. Paul Wilhelm Langerhans, MD (1847 - 1888)
    Paul Langerhans (25 July 1847 – 20 July 1888) was a German pathologist, physiologist and biologist, credited with the discovery of the cells that secrete insulin, named after him as the islets of Lange...
  • Dr. Bayard Taylor Horton (1895 - 1980)
    Dr. Bayard Taylor Horton was an American doctor, known for i) Cluster headache or Horton's neuralgia , ii) Horton's giant-cell arteritis , and iii) Horton's test in which histamine is used in the diagn...
  • Dr. Howard Henry Tooth (1856 - 1925)
    Howard Henry Tooth , CMG, CB (1856–1925) was a British neurologist and one of the discoverers of Charcot - Marie - Tooth disease. Dr. Tooth was born on 22 April 1856 to Frederick Tooth of Hove, Susse...
  • Dr. Pierre Marie (1853 - 1940)
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So, You're on a Disease?!

Ever so often people get coined a disease after their name. An eponyme. Regardless whether or not they came up with the given disease. Or due to some symptom, procedure, what have you...

(Alois Alzheimer perhaps did not invent Alzheimer's disease, and Lou Gehrig was a sportsman, and not a physician.)

It is the aim of this project to collect names here of individuals whose name is used as eponymes, to describe a medical condition, symptom, anatomic feature, procedure, and / or something in inherently related in medicine.

It is hoped that this project will collect as many people as possible in according to whom a given disease is named. And by this, it is hoped that the list eventually might serve both as an educational as well as an entertaining project.

On Jan. 7th 2017, Mikko & Tytti.







  • Horton, Bayard Taylor, known for i) cluster headache or Horton's neuralgia, ii) Horton's giant-cell arteritis, and iii) Horton's test in which histamine is used in the diagnostics of the headaches.
  • Huntington, George Sumner (1850-1916), known for Huntinton's disease (aka. Huntington's chorea).
  • Hakaru Hashimoto (1881−1934) - a Japanese physician of the medical school at Kyushu University, who first described the symptoms of persons with struma lymphomatosa, an intense infiltration of lymphocytes within the thyroid, in 1912 in a German publication The report gave new insight into a condition (hypothyroidism) more commonly seen in areas of iodine deficiency that was occurring in the developed world, and without evident causation by dietary deficiency.


  • Langerhans, Paul Wilhelm (1847-1888) known for insulin secreting Langerhans cells. Diabetes was almost named after him. Eponymed also in Langerhans cells, skin cells concerned with the immune response and which sometimes contain Langerhans granules. In the same paper in which he described the exterior portion, it become known as the Layer of Langerhans. Langerin is a protein.