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To the Editor:—
Twice today I have had telephone calls, from independent sources, stating that "a complete g-i examination" was desired. On cross examination—which should not be necessary but which I can testify is—it was revealed that an examination of only the stomach was desired.How much wasted effort and often expense would be saved if physicians could get together on terminology! To a roentgenologist g means gastro and i means intestinal, and any referring physician who gets on a high horse to my secretary when she tries to find out whether "a complete g-i examination" means a stomach and colon, a stomach and small intestine and colon or only a stomach is in a vulnerable position, as people always are who ride on high horses. If the terminology used by many physicians of my acquaintance reflects their schoolday teaching, the teaching has been sloppy.Another thing that annoys me
Spillman R. MEDICAL DICTION AND TERMINOLOGY. JAMA. 1941;116(3):247. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820030069027
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