Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 20 Aug 2021

Using names on is common when describing procedures and the history surrounding eponymous names.

When referring to a person, do not use punctuation in their title or name and use spaces between initials. For example:

  • Dr R F Player (correct)
  • Dr. R F Player (incorrect)
  • Dr. R. F. Player (incorrect)
  • Dr. R.F. Player (incorrect)
  • Dr RF Player (incorrect)

When referring to an eponymous individual for the first time, we embolden the name. This is one of the few instances when we like text to be bold on Radiopaedia. Otherwise we discourage the routine emboldening of names, and if you are unsure it is safer not to. A common example, are names of individuals stated in the text, who have written a specific article, for example 'John Smith et al.'. Here the name is not emboldened unless that person gave their name to the title of the article.

It is also helpful to provide years of birth and death for deceased individuals. The years and their enclosing brackets are not in bold, unlike the name.
Please reference these dates, ideally with a published article rather than a website, in particular please do not use "", many of whose articles are not properly referenced.

If a person remains alive at the time of writing of the article then the abbreviation "fl." may be used to indicate this. See fl. for more information.

e.g. Dr R F Player (1875-1950) 1

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