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BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 27 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1445
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. 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 …

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