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February 1974

What is Meant by "Bimonthly"?

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Glasgow, Scotland

Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(2):262. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630020070023

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To the Editor.—  I was most interested to read about the use of gold sodium thiomalate for the treatment of pemphigus in the Archives (108:56, 1973). In spite of the high incidence of undesirable side-effects, it would seem to be a useful drug. Against such a disease as pemphigus one cannot have too many weapons available.It therefore would be most helpful if the maintenance dose could be clarified. It is stated several times in the paper that 25 mg "bimonthly" is adequate for most patients. What is meant by bimonthly? Both the Oxford English Dictionary and the Chambers Dictionary indicate that this term may mean either "twice a month" or "every two months." However, these works are only authorities on the English language. Turning to Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, which has an entirely American panel of editorial consultants, I find the term "bi-" defined as "combining form meaning

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