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Emergency medicine terminology in the United Kingdom—time to follow the trend?
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    Re: What should be clearcut has somehow been usurped
    • C Reid
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      • L Chan
    Dear Editor

    We are delighted that our paper [1] has stimulated a response from overseas colleagues, who have shared with us some Australasian opinions.

    Whilst we agree that adopting the term 'emergency medicine' would bring us into line with international standard terminology, the fact remains that 'accident and emergency' appeals to many, and debate will continue as long as practice between and within United Kingdom...

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    What should be clearcut has somehow been usurped
    Dear Editor,

    The paper on Emergency Medicine terminology by Reid and Chan [1] has stimulated me to write this letter. As an Australian emergency physician who works in a Department of Emergency Medicine, I view the debate on the naming of our specialty in the United Kingdom with some bewilderment and concern. What should be clearcut has somehow been usurped.

    In October 1991, the International Federation of Emergenc...

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    It was an accident - is it an Emergency?


    I think readers will be interested in the fact that the Medical Council (Ireland) recently approved a petition from the practitioners to change the name of the specialty from Accident & Emergency Medicine to Emergency Medicine, in line with international practice.

    All the consultants in the specialty in this country are FFAEM.

    You might wish to know that there were misgivings from t...

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