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August 4, 1956


Author Affiliations

Institut de Médecine et de Chirurgie expérimentales Université de Montréal Montreal, Canada.

JAMA. 1956;161(14):1411-1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970140067019

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To the Editor:—  In view of the unprecedented increase in the volume of medical research during the last few decades, it has become increasingly more difficult to keep up with current progress, even in a limited field. I was first confronted with this problem as a medical student, when I realized the impossibility of taking adequate lecture notes about what had just been said while listening to what was being said. The only way I could cope with this difficulty was by substituting self-explanatory simple symbols for long technical words or complex descriptions of procedures. During the subsequent 30 years, this set of symbols developed into a system of shorthand for medical subjects. It has been of considerable assistance to me in taking notes during scientific congresses and in annotating the literature on stress and endocrinology (the principal subjects of research in our institute) for subsequent filing by office personnel

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