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Letters Errors in prescribing

Hypervigilance is needed

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6504
  1. Rowan Mclachlan, medical secretary1
  1. 1Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, Norfolk NR6 5BE, UK
  1. rowan.mclachlan{at}

The similarity of “hyper” and “hypo” is something of which I, as a secretary, am acutely aware.1 Many words begin to sound similar when you are typing dictation from a mini-cassette tape that is the audio equivalent of a palimpsest, and on which, I swear, …

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