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March 28, 1966

Why dost thou use me thus? I know thee not

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Bloomington, Hawaii

JAMA. 1966;195(13):1157. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100130131044

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To the Editor:—  Large dictionaries give 22 definitions for use as a verb or 23 as a noun, or more or less. Your journal invents still others in each issue. Shakespeare (The Bard of Avon) managed with three. As cited above, verbally "use" is followed immediately by a (pro)-noun; it is a transitive verb of action. Similarly the first meaning as a noun implies action.... 103 patients have now been examined... using... the scintillation camera...If you think it was clever of that doctor to examine his patients stooped over the camera, try again.... results were obtained using a scintillation camera...Nobody obtained the result; nobody used the camera, but results were obtained just the same. And that's not all.... brain scans... using 99mTc in the pertechnetate form.Obviously a new meaning has been derived, which describes ordinary actions in kindergarten English, oc

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