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To the Editor:—
I have read with interest the communications in The Journal from Dr. Spellman (January 18), Dr. Wallace (February 22), Dr. Royster (March 8), Dr. Lyon (March 22) and Dr. Reimann (May 17) on medical jargon and am wholeheartedly in accord with their views. Dr. Royster mentioned the all too common mispronunciation of the word "abdomen" and added that it is just as easy to be right as to be wrong.The pronunciation of words so far as to attempt any correction of the mistakes of others does not interest me. I offer no criticism whatever to those who wish to use individual or colloquial pronunciation. However, I do ask the right to use correct diction without constant "corrections" by persons unacquainted with the guide for pronunciation which may be found in any standard dictionary.I am most frequently "corrected" in my pronunciation of the word "digitalis." The
Clagett AH. PRONUNCIATION OF MEDICAL TERMS. JAMA. 1941;117(16):1377-1378. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820420069030