Literature names for pediatric medical conditions

Efraim Bilavsky, Havatzelet Yarden-Bilavsky, Shai Ashkenazi

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From the Grimm Brothers to Charles Dickens, from Gulliver's Travels to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, great writers and stories have been a source for names of paediatric medical conditions, sometimes preceding the medical description by many years. This article describes the circumstances that led to the creation of some of these fascinating names, the physicians who coined them, and their link to the actual medical conditions. Conclusion: Literary names for medical conditions add warmth and humanity to the field of paediatrics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-978
Number of pages4
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Literature
  • Medical eponyms
  • Syndromes


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