Guide to Medical Etiquette: the three letter abbreviation
- By: David McAllister
In the bad old days, doctors used obscure medical ter-minology from Latin and Greek to patronise patients and confuse the public. Thankfully, such condescension is a thing of the past. Instead, the modern doctor asserts his supremacy using the TLA (three letter abbreviation).
As a form, the TLA has much to offer the medical student. Use it correctly and you will appear to be intelligent, efficient, and dynamic--the kind of student who has not the time to say “lasgow,” “oma,” or “cale.” Speaking in TLAs requires some finesse, however, and the pitfalls of misuse are many and serious. With this in mind, I have produced an indispensable guide.
With these rules as your mantra I predict every success at the bedside inquisition.