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May 7, 1973


JAMA. 1973;224(6):901. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220200057021

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To the Editor.—  Since the word "parenteral" means by a route other than through the intestinal canal, eg, by injection, "nonparenteral" is, in effect, a double negative and requires the reader to stop and analyze what it means. Infection by such routes as sexual contact or nasal droplets is by definition parenteral. Surely "enteric" would be clearer than "non-parenteral" in the article of Bryan et al in The Journal (223:279, 1973) and in other scientific communications. If "enteric" is too specific, then "non-injected" or "uninoculated" might be closer to the authors' meaning.