- A dictionary of medical eponyms

On this day (October 10)

John Abercrombie

Born: 1780-10-10
Scottish physician, born October 10, Aberdeen 1780; died 1844.


Halban Josef

Born: 1870-10-10
Died: 1937-04-23
Austrian obstetrician and gynaecologist,


Frederick Matthias Alexander

Born: 1869-01-20
Died: 1955-10-10
Australian autodidact elocutionist, born january 20, 1869, Wynyard, Tasmania; died October 10, 1955, London, Middlesex, England.


Guido Fanconi

Born: 1892-01-01
Died: 1979-10-10
Swiss paediatrician, born January 1, 1892, Poschiavo, Canton Grisons (Graubünden) in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland; died October 10, 1979, Poschiavo.


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