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I would be the first person to agree that it is unnecessary, or even undesirable, for a scientific communication to be written in the emotive and sometimes ambiguous language of Dickensian prose. Accuracy and comprehensibility are essential. It may be that brevity is also desirable. But the increasing tendency of some journals to resort to noncolloquial abbreviations is illustrated in this book. Surely, the economy involved in saving two centimetres of typescript is little justification for referring to non-enteropathic Escherichia coli as "NEEC's" or infective enteritis as "TGE."
This habit of lapsing into code may well make the book a
Secretory Diarrhea.. Ann Intern Med. ;94:287. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-2-287_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(2):287.
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