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Recent contributions to Practical Neurology have identified terms to be avoided.1 ,2 Can I suggest that the term ‘non-contributory’, when applied to a diagnostic test, is put in the dustbin too?
Working in a diagnostic speciality, I am weary of seeing ‘nerve conduction studies were non-contributory’, or similar, in clinic letters. This translates as ‘the tests were not abnormal’. However, as Sherlock Holmes fans will recall, the absence of an abnormal …
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