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3 March 2014

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Sunday, March 2, 2014

What's in a name?
    A lot, apparently. I won't go on about the difference between Rubella and Rubeola (you know, the "regular" measles) as you'll find them well differentiated in other websites.  Hit the link if you're interested!
    I've always found the nomenclature of medical maladies interesting.  When I was in med school I always wondered about such supposedly trivial things.
    So why is German Measles "German"?  To make a long story short, a German physician first described it and thus was studied closely in Germany until it was determined to be a separate disease from measles in the late 19th century.  Even though the disease was manifesting itself worldwide, to the non-German scientific community the disease, or more appropriately the clear knowledge of it, originated in Germany.  Thus it was referred to as "German Measles".

Tags: rianne  patient  hospital  disease  rubella  german measles  rubeola  measles 
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