VICTOR A. MCKUSICK, M.D.
To the editor: I tell my students that telangiectasia is a word like pneumonia and surgery that should be used in the plural only with great circumspection. All of these are processes or procedures. One should not say that the patient had four pneumonias last year (unless, perhaps, one is making the point that these were microbiologically distinct forms) or that the patient had four surgeries. The lesions to which Fallon and colleagues (1) were referring, I gather, were telangiectases.
VICTOR A. MCKUSICK. Correction: Telangiectases, Not Telangiectasias. Ann Intern Med. 1987;106:336. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-2-336
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(2):336.
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