BIBA but LGFTDBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7222.1445a (Published 27 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1445
- George Dunea, attending physician
- Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA
The purist element in most of us dislikes the use of abbreviations. We tend to view them as unsightly, a blot on the language, a sign of laziness or ignorance. We are irritated that only a select few (but others than ourselves) understand what they mean.
Take AB, a 59yo BM (a non-scatological term) S/P TURP/DES, BBPR, with elevated JVP from CCH (English), or JVD from CHF (American), Dx GOK or NYD. Or Dr William Bean's patient …