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Bechet vs Behçet: The Name Is Not the Same

Walter H. C. Burgdorf, MD1; David R. Bickers, MD2; Leonard J. Hoenig, MD3
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2Columbia University, New York, New York
3private practice
JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(10):1223. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.7559.
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Recently, during a superb lecture on lupus erythematosus (LE), the following phrase slipped in: “hypertrophic LE was described by Behçet.” This is a common mistake with a simple explanation. Every dermatologist is proud to be able to spell Behçet, and when confronted with the name Bechet with the middle 2 letters transposed, one’s “intrinsic spell checker” converts Bechet to Behçet. When one searches for Bechet on www.jamadermatology.com, Behçet turns up quite often.

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Bechet and Behçet

A, Paul Esnard Bechet (1881-1962). Reprinted from Andrews and Lewis.1 B, Hulûsi Behçet (1889-1948), who was honored on a stamp. Reprinted from Shampo MA, Davis MDP. Dermatologists honored on stamps. Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(11):1489-1492. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.11.1489.

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