Monday, May 18, 2009

Asperger Syndrome Apostrophe Clarification

The Spring/Summer edition of Oakland University's Alumni Magazine has an interesting sidebar to an article about Asperger Syndrome. The sidebar is titled "Asperger not Asperger's" and it reviews the use of the possessive form in the name of medical conditions that are eponyms.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the American Medical Association style manual prefer the non-possessive form since the person it was named after never 'owned' the disease."

While the sidebar does note Legionnaires' Disease as an exception, it includes Down Syndrome, Alzheimer Disease, and Crohn Disease as conditions that should appear without the possessive apostrophe.

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