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Journal of Crohn's and Colitis: 9 (12)


Laurence J. Egan, Ireland

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Maria T. Abreu, USAShomron Ben-Horin, IsraelSilvio Danese, ItalyPeter Lakatos, HungaryMiles Parkes, UKGijs van den Brink, NLSéverine Vermeire, Belgium


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Historical note on Crohn's disease: First US pre-eponym journal report of chronic regional ileocolitis in 1813

Claude Matuchansky, Yoram Bouhnik
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crohns.2012.12.002 599 First published online: 1 August 2013

Dear Sir,

Eighty years ago, the landmark paper on regional ileitis was published,1 which gave rise to the eponym of Crohn's disease (CD). Currently, CD involves the ileum alone in less than 1 of 2 cases.2 Indeed, eponym is noncommittal, it is memorable. In terms of history, any searcher-after-truth knows that the further one looks back, the more references may come to light: indeed clinical descriptions of diarrhea with or without blood go back thousands of years, and case descriptions of probable CD published beforehand and not cited …

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