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Moving on from Retzius: A Call for Change

Published:November 16, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urology.2022.11.002
      In the August issue of Urology, Martin et al. outlined the racist legacy of Anders and Gustaf Retzius, principal engineers of the pseudo-science of racial biology.
      • Martin L.H.
      • Cooley K.
      • Seideman C.A.
      The Complex History of Retzius: More Than a Preperitoneal Eponym.
      At the Karolinska Institute, their study of racial biology led to named buildings. In Urology, Ander's description of the “Space of Retzius” has been perpetuated by urologists, current authors included. It is time to erase the Retzius eponym from our field.

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