WHEN I USE A WORD..BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7061.873 (Published 05 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:873
- Jeff Aronson
H2 (not equal to) H2
Abbreviations can be confusing. Is MI myocardial infarction or mitral incompetence? Is ESM an ejection systolic, an early systolic, or an end systolic murmur? Is SOB shortness of breath or an insult to the patient?
The other day one of the students told me that omeprazole was an H2 receptor antagonist. I could have simply corrected her error, but the imp of the perverse seized me and instead I asked her what H2 stood for. Hydrogen, …