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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2240
  1. Clifford D Packer, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and associate professor of medicine, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  1. cdpacker39{at}

Recently, I have been made to give up telephonic transcription of case notes in exchange for a voice recognition computer program called Dragonspeak, which recognises medical terminology and is trainable to the voice of its user. After a few minutes of practice, it was transcribing my medical notes accurately, but I thought I’d give it a little test with a few lines of Shakespeare.

  • Me (from Sonnet 116):

    • Let me not to the marriage of true minds

    • Admit impediments… …

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