Eponymythology of named cardiac murmurs. Related eponyms, the person behind their origin, their relevance today, and modern terminology.
Chronological review of the eponyms of aortic regurgitation / insufficiency based on the 31 signs proposed by Ashrafian (2005) and Zacek (2018)
Thomas Cuming (1798 – 1887) was a North Irish physician renowned for works on aortic incompetence, cancum oris and peripneumonia in children.
Otto Heinrich Enoch Becker (1828-1890) was a German ophthalmologist, eponymous with Becker sign, and Becker test for astigmatism.
Roger’s murmur: holosystolic, loud murmur compared to the sound of a ‘rushing waterfall’. Associated with ventricular septal defects (VSD)
Henri-Louis Roger (1809 – 1891) was a French paediatrician. Bruit de Roger and the misnomer… Maladie de Roger (Roger’s disease)
Corrigan pulse is the excessive visible arterial pulsations in aortic incompetence. Not to be confused with the palpated ‘water-hammer pulse’.
Still’s Murmur ejection systolic murmur first described in 1909 by English pediatrician Sir George Frederic Still KCVO (1868 – 1941)