OLIVER M. WRONG, M.D., F.R.C.P.; TERRY G. FEEST, M.B.
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To the editor: We apologize to your readers for the word "hypercalcinuria," which appeared repeatedly in our editorial in your April issue (Ann Intern Med 82:584-585). We would, however, like to make clear that we did not invent this word, which was the brainchild of your copy editor and was inserted despite our objections.
"Hypercalciuria" and "hypercalcuria" have both appeared frequently in the past. We used the former as it seemed to carry the greater authority, having been used by, among others, Fuller Albright (1) in the first description of the idiopathic variety, the latest (13th) edition of Cecil-Loeb, the
WRONG OM, FEEST TG. Apology for "Hypercalcinuria". Ann Intern Med. 1975;83:288. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-2-288_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(2):288.
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