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To the Editor:—
I was interested in Dr. Herman F. Meyer's letter to the Editor entitled "Misused Expressions" in The Journal for Sept. 18, 1954, page 274. I asked Mr. L. T. Lukaszewski, the editorial assistant of the Audio-Digest Foundation, sponsored by the California Medical Association, for his opinion. I believe his response would be interesting to your readers:Dr. Meyer's comments on correct medical phraseology may arouse more sympathy than agreement among those who study the examples he gives. There is good reason for the application of animate verbs to inanimate objects. Why cannot a roentgenogram show a condition as well as a roentgenographer can? How do you show something, except to let it be seen? Active in form, such a word is passive in sense. Other words like "revealed" and "demonstrated" are pardonable, since they help to avoid clumsy circumlocutions such as "The laboratory technician reported, on examination
Askey JM. MISUSED EXPRESSIONS. JAMA. 1954;156(15):1428. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950150049024