A Historical Argument for Changing the Name of a Major Syndrome

David R. Welling*

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Dr Aldred Scott Warthin discovered a "cancerous" family in the early 1900s, mapped its kindred, and studied their diseases to the extent possible in his day. His seminal article was published in 1913. Dr Henry Lynch took Warthin's studies and began using more modern techniques to characterize this so-called "Family G," beginning in the 1960s. Somehow in this process, Warthin's observations became "Lynch syndrome." We need a better name for this condition, and propose "Warthin-Lynch syndrome" to also honor its primary discoverer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1014-1016
Number of pages3
JournalDiseases of the Colon and Rectum
Issue number10
StatePublished - 21 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


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