Alzheimer and stroke are the names of diseases, why I can use the capital letter for the former, but for the latter I can not use it?
What do you think?
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It is really amazing that are so many diseases named after people…I never thought about it, but a list is endless; Parkinson disease, Crohn, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Botkin’s disease and even Sallmonellosis!
You are a thorough study, Tatiana! I am so impressed that you found so many. So, remember for each one that it is possessive: Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, Lou Gehrig’s, Botkin’s.
I am curious, how did you find them?
Mind you, we do not capitalize the salmonella bacteria that forms Salmonellosis. You can correct me on that if you find a reliable source. I googled it with a small “s” and there were many hits written that way.
Great effort! You get a gold star!!!!
According to Wikepedia, Alzheimer disease was first described by a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer and was named after him. So as Alzheimer is a surname we should use the capital letter. In other cases names of diseases are objectives, which do not requre capitals.
Is it correct?
Wonderful. Tatiana! Exactly!
Can you name other diseases that are named after people that are also capitalized?