George Henry Fox

George Henry Fox (1846 – 1937)

George Henry Fox (1846 – 1937) was an American dermatologist.

Eponymously affiliated with Fox–Fordyce disease (and not Fox’s sign). In 1880 he published the first photographic atlas of skin diseases

Studied in Berlin, London, Paris and Vienna. Fox was one of the six founders of the American Dermatological Association.


  • Born 8 October 1846 Ballston Spa, New York
  • 1869 – MD University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor of dermatology at the New York Medical College for Women
  • Died 1 August 1937

Medical Eponyms

  • Fox–Fordyce disease (1902) [aka Apocrine miliaria] A chronic itchy papular condition occurring in areas of the skin with apocrine glands especially the axilla of young women.


If fox’s sign you seek tonight
The fox you find will not be right

The fox you seek for triple A
Is not GH, but Fox JA

Ercleve T – 2017

Major Publications


  • Portrait: George Henry Fox, M.D. The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library.

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the person behind the name

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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