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ALIAS (a landing in an alphabet soup)

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1071
  1. Kishore Shah, head of obstetrics and gynaecology (
  1. Matru Seva Hospital, Pune, India

    All medical specialties use short forms and acronyms, and I had thought O&G (obstetrics and gynaecology) must be one of the top contenders. However, a conference on HIV management really opened my eyes.

    No drug used in the management of HIV does not have a short form of its own. Almost all the best combinations have now been used up, like web addresses, and the newer discoveries will have to make do with numbers or symbols.

    Initially, it seemed a piece …

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