LLOYD F. CRAVER, M.D.
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To the Editor: The article "Medical Writing and Webster's Third" by Robert P. Hudson in the August 1969 ANNALS is not only interesting and amusing, but deserves wide reproduction and circulation.
The article, emphasizing the permissiveness of Webster's third edition, appeals to me particularly because of the current wide usage of the abstract term malignancy, when cancer is meant. This usage is offensive to some of us who have worked for years in the field of neoplasms. It gives one the impression that the user shrinks away from saying or writing cancer and doesn't realize that to be accurate in
LLOYD F. CRAVER. WEBSTER'S THIRD. Ann Intern Med. 1969;71:1025. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-71-5-1025_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;71(5):1025.
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