A fragrant, thick, deep brown or black fluid used in perfumery.
A fragrant, thick, deep brown or black fluid used in perfumery. It is a true balsam, the product of a lofty leguminous tree, Myroxylon pereirae, growing in a limited area in El Salvador and introduced into Sri Lanka. In the 19th century the city of La Libertad in southwestern El Salvador was developed as a shipping outlet for balsam produced in Peru, a variety of balsam yielded from El Salvador's coastal forests.
It is said that the early Spanish in South America so jealously guarded the medicinal product that every ounce of it had to pass through their customs in Peru. The name it thus acquired is still used. It is mentioned in pharmacopoeias but has no medicinal value.
What is an eponym?
An eponym is a word derived from the name of a person, whether real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus
any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person.
What is Whonamedit?
Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms.
It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person,
with a biography of that person.
Whonamedit? does not give medical advice.
This survey of medical eponyms and the persons behind them is meant as a general interest site only.
No information found here must under any circumstances be used for medical purposes, diagnostically,
therapeutically or otherwise. If you, or anybody close to you, is affected, or believe to be
affected, by any condition mentioned here: see a doctor.