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Gerald L. Baum, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Tel Aviv, Israel 
 ,  Dr. Baum is Professor of Medicine (Emeritus), and Medical Director, Israel Lung Association, Tel Aviv.

Correspondence to: Gerald L. Baum, MD, FCCP, 52 Hagolan Street, Givat Savyon 55900, Israel; e-mail: jbaum@post.tau.ac.il



Chest. 2001;119(2):322. doi:10.1378/chest.119.2.322
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For a variety of reasons, scientific articles contain more and more abbreviations. Part of the problem is that the terminology of various disciplines has become cumbersome to write in full. In addition, limitation of space in journals puts a premium on brevity; thus, editors are likewise seduced by short collections of letters rather than long multiword terms that are written repeatedly in the body of submitted articles. These reasons are understandable, but the increasing use of abbreviations has become intolerable in my opinion.

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