A Piece of My Mind
November 20, 2002

The Long and the Short of It

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2002;288(19):2377-2378. doi:10.1001/jama.288.19.2377

The time had arrived again: board recertification. I settled down with an audio review course, manuals, monographs, and all the accessories needed for success (gallons of strong tea, fully stocked CD player). Fairly soon into my studies, however, I found myself suffering from confusion, difficulty concentrating, a raging headache, and frustration. I rapidly diagnosed myself with ANS: abbreviation nonrecognition syndrome (also known as UAC [unfamiliar abbreviation condition] and AAAA [acute abbreviation anomic aphasia]).

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