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The name of my disease August 23, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — lioutrue @ 8:49 PM

There is an effort to rename rename Wegener’s granulomatosis to granulomatosis with polyangiitis.  This is part of an overall effort to retire names of diseases that have people’s names in them.  Friedrich Wegener, the German physician who discovered the disease in 1936 was relatively recently found out to have been sympathetic with and worked for the Nazis and may even have experimented on concentration camp victims, according to Wikipedia.  So in this case there is an added reason for changing the name (in addition to moving toward simpler and/or more descriptive nomenclature).

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