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The Complex History of Retzius: More Than a Preperitoneal Eponym

      Eponyms are a long-standing tradition in the medical field, usually to honor a prominent physician or scientist that has played a significant role in the identification of anatomy or pathology. Various eponyms occur in urology from Fournier to Foley, honoring physicians that have helped progress the field of urology. While eponyms are meant as a tribute to those that have made tremendous advancements in medicine; recent investigation into the origin of eponyms spanning various specialties has revealed those honored may not represent individuals worthy of recognition. While they may be talented scientists and physicians, modern discoveries have led the medical community to question if eponyms have a place in our culture, especially when the individual's views and actions defy what physicians themselves stand for.
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