About the eponyms database

I've been working on this database since I was a second year medical student (I am now on the oncology staff at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School). I've added eponyms found in Robbins, other sources, and overheard on the wards into an HP Palmtop given to us by the school.

Eventually, I stopped using the HP (it was too slow). I imported the data to my PC, and put it back on the Palm as a Doc and JFile database. (You can convert text and Excel files using utilities provided by the respective programs (please refer to my software links on another page).) I first uploaded the JFile database in February 2000.

In April 2002, Mathias Tschopp, author of MedCalc, created a standalone client program for reading the database pro bono, so now you can access the database without JFile or a Doc reader. These changes were implemented in version 1.5. Version 1.6 added the ability to filter within a category for eponyms concerned with signs and procedures, among others. Later updates have added additional eponyms.

Most recently, in July 2008, Pascal Pfiffner has released a iPhone version of the eponyms database (downloaded at the iTunes store).

This started out as 715 eponyms in February 2000 and is now over 1600!

Please e-mail me at yee@post.harvard.edu with your thoughts or comments or with new eponyms! I continue to update it on a semi-regular basis.

Back to eponyms page.

August 10, 2008