# 79 The Name Game (Bonana fana)
Medical eponyms are a fascinating study, giving savor and appreciation to history, often a convenient nickname for a complex diagnostic description, and a fecund source of pimping material for juniors.
When parent’s bring in their child, naming a rare eponym (which they expect me to know as well as the erudite sub-specialist they seek), I’ve resorted to Eponyms by Ossus GmbH on my phone to quickly clarify the definition. A delightful website that I’ve used for background reference and impromptu teaching is WhoNamedIt.com.
Oh, and don’t wait for the results to come back on Cloquet’s Needle Test before acting.
Occupational Medicine variations:
Sherlock Holmes, and his real-life model: Dr.Joseph Bell of Edinburgh, could discern occupation by observation of typical injuries or “callosities” –probably more difficult now with fewer manual trades and greater life mobility.
Why do hats have a little bow upon the inner hatband? In memory of the “Mad Hatters” who became so from felting with Mercury.
Black Lung Disease or Coal Miner’s Lung.
Chauffeur’s Fracture or Backfire Fracture is a Radial Styloid Fracture as in crank-started automobiles.
Chimney Sweep's Carcinoma, or Soot wart, first recognized in 1775, became compensable with Bismarck’s reforms in the 1880s.
“Jogger’s heel” = Plantar Fasciitis, not to be confused with “Policeman’s heel” = Plantar calcaneal bursitis.
“Nightstick Fracture” is the defense injury to the ulna of warding off blows with upraised arms.
“Oyster Shucker’s Palm” is what I call the laceration resulting from inattentive or awkward use of an oyster knife by seafood workers. [Blog with recipe and tips]
Plumbism = Lead Poisoning, from plumbing with Lead Pipes (Pb).
Woolsorter’s Disease = anthrax.
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