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QJM. 2013 Jan;106(1):93-4. doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hcs210. Epub 2012 Oct 29.

In praise of the literary eponym--Henry V sign.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Cork University Hospital, University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Ireland.


The use of eponyms in medicine is often discouraged. However, the literary eponym should be an exception as it is not linked with many of the difficulties associated with conventional eponyms and offers descriptive brevity and accuracy. Here, we illustrate the point with Henry V sign, which will be familiar to many who have cared for patients in the terminal stage of illness.

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