DICTION AND ABBREVIATION IN MEDICAL WRITING
Published 1941 · Medicine
To the Editor:— In looking over current medical literature one is impressed with the free use of abbreviations such as E. K. G., W. B. C., B. M. R. and P. S. P. One is also impressed with the careless use of English in the form of such expressions as "acute abdomen," "acute ears" and "no pathology found." As a matter of fact, pathology is a science, not a disease state of an organ. What these writers really mean is acute abdominal disease, acute otic disease, no morbid anatomy found. "Morbid anatomy" was a favorite expression of Osler's. E. K. G. may have a Teutonic flavor. Whether the original article describing the instrument was written in Dutch or German I do not know—probably it was the latter language. I can see no special harm in using abbreviations indicated by the original language in which they occurred. I wonder how Dr.