Toponymous diseases of Australia

Ranil D. Appuhamy, Jan Tent, John S. Mackenzie

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    • Names are more than just labels used to identify diseases. They can be windows into the discovery, characteristics and attributes of the disease. • Toponymous diseases are diseases that are named after places. • Hendra, Ross River, Bairnsdale, Murray Valley and Barmah Forest are all examples of Australian places that have had diseases named after them. They all have unique and interesting stories that provide a glimpse into their discovery, history and culture. • Because of perceived negative connotations, the association of diseases with placenames has sometimes generated controversy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)642-646
    Number of pages5
    JournalMedical Journal of Australia
    Issue number11-12
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2010


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