Medicine is a profession already overflowing with acronyms and doctors have added their own, but that might be on the wane. Dr. Adam Fox of St. Mary's Hospital in London says fewer doctors now annotate notes with acronyms designed to spell out the unspeakable truth about their patients. The increasing rate of litigation means there is a far higher chance doctors will be asked in court to explain the exact meaning "CTD" -- or circling the drain -- meaning a patient is expected to die soon. Fox tells the BBC, that "GLM" stands for good looking mom and "UBI" stands for unexplained beer injury. "A physician had scribbled 'TTFO' an expletive roughly translated as 'told to go away,' but that he had the presence of mind in court to say, 'Take fluids orally,'" Fox says.
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