Do I capitalize diseases? CELBAN Writing

Update 2021

Dear Friend,

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?


I was talking with one of my nurses, who is taking both the Secrets to Success and Wonderful Writing. When I asked her to review the Grammar Essentials she said, “I have not thought about grammar since I was in elementary school. (Around 9 and 10.) ”Β 

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That brings us back to the question, “If both Alzheimer and stroke are both diseases: why is one capitalized and the other is not?”Β 

The answer to this is covered in Volume #1: Nouns & Articles when we explore proper and common nouns before learning how to triage when to use articles a/an, the, and zero articles!Β 

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4 responses to “Do I capitalize diseases? CELBAN Writing

  1. 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!!!!

  2. 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?

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