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Month: February 2011

The Secret World of Medicine

Hello plastic surgery fans of Sacramento! As you may have heard, the medical community is full of mysterious codes and secret words that most people don’t understand. In the interest of job security, I don’t want to give away all of our secrets, but for your entertainment and edification, here are a few of our cryptic shorthands decyphered.

The first one is “stat,” which you’ve probably heard before. It’s short for “statim,” a latin word meaning “at once” or “immediately.” So why don’t we just say immediately? Well, because it would take longer. And because using codes makes being a doctor much more fun.

The next one is “SOB.” If you see this on your chart,

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