Abbreviations: An Unnecessary Hardship?

Perry S. MacNeal, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(10):2013-2014. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350100197044.
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To the Editor.  —I am a reasonably intelligent physician (RIP) who is constantly stimulated by an awareness of his own ignorance (AOHOI) and, in an attempt to keep up, spend every available moment (EAM) skimming medical journals (MJ). Even though these journals consist largely of essays produced in response to the academic challenge of "publish or perish" (POP) one does, often enough, pick up a pearl (PUAP), which makes the expenditure of time (EOT) worthwhile.However, the time spent (TS) is being made much less rewarding (MLR) by the privilege that you extend to each of your authors (EOYA) to make up his own set of abbreviations (OSA). This requires that the reader (TR) constantly refer back to the key (TK) to try to discover who is saying what about which (WISWAW). Therefore, this RIP who is AOHOI requests that EOYA who must POP will help me PUAP with a


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