- Stigler’s law of eponymy, in its simplest and strongest form, says: “No scientific discovery is named after its original discoverer.” It is also known as the “Rule of the Lesser Attribution.” [Examples of Stigler’s Law]
- Scientific observations and results are often associated with people who have high visibility and social status, and are named long after their discovery. Eponymy is a striking example of this phenomenon. Important scientific observations are often associated with a person who did not actually make the original discovery. [Reference]
- Stigler himself, in a classic example of Hofstadterian self-referentiality, attributes the discovery of Stigler’s Law to Robert K. Merton.
Hat tip to Valender Turner, who pointed out to us that Q3 of FFFF 046 was an example of Stigler’s Law.
- The French.
- Anecdotal evidence suggests the NNH for mortality is about 5 when a French person hears an Australian doctor’s pronunciation of ‘torsade de pointes’.
[Hat tip to Robert Dunn’s ‘Emergency Medicine Manual‘]
- Sea foam reflects about 25% of UV and sandy beaches about 15%, whereas fresh snow reflects about 80% of UV. Attempts to measure the UV reflectance of the Cadogan scalp has so far been hindered by equipment failure…
- LITFL links: A Change of Direction and Blinded by the Light: UV keratopathy.
- Dermcidin is an antimicrobial peptide found in human sweat coded by the DCD gene. It has a broad spectrum of activity and no homology to other known antimicrobial peptides. It is toxic to various bugs including Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans.
- Telling a patient with an infection to ‘sweat it out’ might actually be good advice!
Josefson D. Bacteria killer found in sweat. Brit Med J 2001;323:1206-7) PMCID: PMC1173041
Schittek B, et al. Dermcidin: a novel human antibiotic peptide secreted by sweat glands. Nat Immunol. 2001 Dec;2(12):1133-7. PMID: 11694882.
…and remember kids… in an emergency, do it in style!