Author: Matthew L. Iorio, MD


Eponyms and the Synthetic Genitive Case: How to Have Yours

By William J. Knaus, MD, Nicholas Caggiano, MD, and Matthew L. Iorio, MD Confusion regarding the appropriate use of apostrophes in medical eponyms is pervasive in medicine.  They are used to denote someone who had the disease (e.g., “Bennett’s fracture”), an occupation associated with the disease (e.g., “gamekeeper’s thumb”), or an homage to a description of the disease (e.g., “Dupuytren’s…