Abdominal Physical Signs and Medical Eponyms: Part III. Physical Examination of Palpation, 1926-1976

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Rastogi V., Singh D., TEKİNER H., Ye F., Mazza J. J., Yale S. H.

CLINICAL MEDICINE & RESEARCH, vol.17, pp.107-114, 2019 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.3121/cmr.2018.1427
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.107-114
  • Keywords: Palpation, Abdomen, Signs, Eponyms, History of Medicine, WALL TENDERNESS, DIAGNOSIS, PAIN
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Background: This paper describes medical eponyms associated with abdominal palpation from the period 1926-1976. Despite opposition by some, eponyms are a long standing tradition and widely used in medicine.The techniques may still be useful in some cases, assisting in the selection of an appropriate and cost-effective approach to patient care. In this piece, we cover signs named in honor of physicians who contributed to medicine by developing new palpatory techniques in an attempt to better diagnose disease of the abdominal wall, umbilicus, gallbladder, pancreas, and appendix.