JAMES O. MORSE, M.D.
To the editor: The correction needed for a recent article in your journal (1) in which the dose of amphotericin, intended to be printed as 40 mg every other day, was transformed into 40 mg four times a day would have been unnecessary were such a hybrid abbreviation as "q.o.d." avoided in physicians' orders and other medical writing. All other commonly used abbreviations designating dosage intervals refer to a legitimate Latin phrase: q.d. or qq.d. (quaque die) or o.d. (omni die) for daily; q.i.d. (quater in die) for four times a day. "Q.o.d." appears to be an attempt to insert
MORSE JO. Time to Junk Junk Latin?. Ann Intern Med. 1980;92:722–723. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-5-722_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(5):722-723.
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