Speak­ing the same lan­guage

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The Academy of Med­i­cal Royal Col­leges, which rep­re­sents 250,000 doc­tors in the United King­dom, has asked doc­tors to stop us­ing Latin in the out­pa­tient clinic let­ters and medicine pre­scrip­tions they write, and use in­stead plain and sim­ple English. The new guide­lines aim at re­as­sur­ing pa­tients, who of­ten mis­in­ter­pret and get wor­ried by com­pli­cated med­i­cal ter­mi­nol­ogy. Doc­tors have been asked, for in­stance, to write “twice daily” in­stead of the Latin ab­bre­vi­a­tion “B.D.” (bis in die) when pre­scrib­ing med­i­ca­tion. Among other rec­om­men­da­tions, the term “sud­den” should be used over “acute” and “kid­ney” over “re­nal.”

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