Happydog started me thinking about this with “logophilia”.
Etymonline says the word hemophilia was coined by a German physician in the 19th century. I am puzzled at the doctor’s choice of roots. Perhaps he knew a bleeder who enjoyed bleeding.....perhaps he studied at a university where Latin and Greek were no longer top priorities for doctors to study, and simply got it wrong. Wikipedia also mentions “hemorrhaphilia” as an early name. Wouldn’t something like “hemorrhea” or “hematorrhea” (I’m no classicist - Greek is Greek to me) have been a more appropriate choice? Why -"philia"?
Has anyone here got a notion why Dr. Schoenlein might have chosen this name? And why other physicians should have taken to it so readily (or did anyone object, or suggest some other name?). There may be a perfectly simple reasonable explanation, and if so, I’d like to know it.