Kludge

This entry is part 36 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 36 of 43 in the series WordsOn occasion, an academic paper is published, but one of the following Letters to the Editor or editorial is much more important, with a longer-lasting influence than the original article. An example is an editorial about sore throats/tonsillitis by Dr. Centor, of Centor Criteria fame. […]

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Ebola

This entry is part 37 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 37 of 43 in the series WordsLet’s suppose it is 1980. Suppose someone shows up in your ED with a fever, and a history of travel to an area with a new plague characterized by fever. The nurse has heard about this on the news, asks the patient about travel to the area, and gets […]

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Fitts’s Law

This entry is part 35 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 35 of 43 in the series WordsFitts’s Law has been known since Paul Fitts first proposed it in 1954. Wikipedia has a detailed exposition of Fitts’s Law. In essence, it says that “the time required to rapidly move to a target area is a function of the distance to the target […]

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Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This entry is part 27 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 27 of 43 in the series WordsI work at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. UPMC has prioritized IT, and compared with many other academic medical centers, the IT department is fairly well-funded and well-staffed. The central IT umbrella spreads wide, including 16 major hospitals and numerous other facilities. UPMC uses […]

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Anti-Data Pixels

This entry is part 29 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 29 of 43 in the series WordsLess is More —Mies van der Rohe In high school English class, many of my generation were forced to study a book about writing known as “Strunk and White.” Compared to many other books we were forced to read, it had many advantages. It was […]

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