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To the Editor:—
I was glad to hear Dr. Meyer's voice crying in the wilderness and his appeal for better grammar in medical reports (The Journal, Sept. 18, 1954, page 274). In my experience of five years with medical records, I have come across some very interesting expressions that, if taken literally, would prove quite embarrassing to patient and physician. Following are a few of the gems in my collection:"Patient was discharged to be dressed in the office.""The child was placed in a vaporizer.""She delivered twins at 6 months of age.""The patient was placed on a bland diet and milk and cream in bed.""The patient's mother's sister was paralyzed on the right side, and can't talk in New Hampshire.""Her parents were divorced at the age of 5.""The patient was discharged urinating freely.""The patient was discharged to be followed closely by her local
McLean MJ. MISUSED EXPRESSIONS. JAMA. 1954;156(15):1427. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950150049021