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July 1978


Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(7):1289. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910060099025

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To the Editor.  —As a firm believer in the necessity of conserving natural resources, I applaud the increasing tendency of medical writers to use abbreviations. This tendency to abbreviate everything (TTAE) has the additional virtue of requiring several readings of each article to uncover the definitions (D). Very recently I have been pleased to see some authors refreshing our memories on the D of ages-old medical abbreviations, such as CBC (complete blood count), and so forth (etc). I am in the process of compiling a glossary of abbreviations in current use (GOAICU) and look forward to a brisk sale to authors (A) who wish to conserve paper and reading time by writing complete articles (CA) and even books (B) without one intelligible sentence.In summary, the TTAE has led to a GOAICU, including, eg, CBC, etc, to assist A in preparation of CA and B.

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