Before there were silhouettes, there was a Silhouette. And before there was gerrymandering, there was a Gov. Gerry. It's easy to forget that some of the English language's most common words had real-life namesakes in living, breathing people.
Another example is Dr Henry Heimlich: Helping Us Breathe Easy. The American doctor created the procedure for using abdominal thrusts to eject material that's causing someone to choke, i.e., the Heimlich maneuver.
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