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Poland's syndrome: current thoughts in the setting of a controversy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19319059     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Poland's syndrome is a rare congenital disorder that is characterized by hypoplasia of the pectoralis muscles and ipsilateral webbing of the fingers. The name of this condition pays homage to Dr. Alfred Poland of Guy's Hospital, who in 1841 described a case of these two deformities during the autopsy of a 27-year-old convict. An exploration of the historical series reveals a clear progression of knowledge about this syndrome, accumulated by scientists across Europe and America. As such, the name "Poland's syndrome" stands as a point of contention to those who oppose the injudicious use of eponyms in medicine. An analysis of the relevant literature reveals a stepwise understanding of what has come to be known as Poland's syndrome.
Ashwin N Ram; Kevin C Chung
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plastic and reconstructive surgery     Volume:  123     ISSN:  1529-4242     ISO Abbreviation:  Plast. Reconstr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2009 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-25     Completed Date:  2009-05-05     Revised Date:  2014-10-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1306050     Medline TA:  Plast Reconstr Surg     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  949-53; discussion 954-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Poland Syndrome / history*
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