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March 1938


Arch Ophthalmol. 1938;19(3):403-405. doi:10.1001/archopht.1938.00850150087007

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The purpose of this paper is to stimulate interest in a standardized ophthalmologic shorthand for use in clinics.

Abbreviations are used by every clinician. Much could be said about the more common ones in use and also about local peculiarities and pet abbreviations. Difficulty in deciphering abbreviations causes a waste of time and energy. The difficulty becomes more pronounced when there is the complication of poor script. The results of this are frequently seen in the permanent records.

Two factors stand out clearly:

  1. An accepted ophthalmologic shorthand would make clinical work easier by reducing the time and strain involved in reviewing reports and in recording histories and findings. It should also increase clinical efficiency in the more important work of examining and treating patients.

  2. Stenographic efficiency would be greatly improved. Less time would be consumed in making permanent records.

An incomplete list of abbreviations is submitted for study.

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