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Science has always made efforts to standardize the nomenclature so to facilitate communication. Now what we are seeing is deficient communication because people do not reply. This is becoming a true epidemic. Now, what does it mean no reply? May be they are busy and will reply later, or they are ashamed, or they are lazy, or the phone broke, or they didn’t sleep well last night, or they are sick, or who knows?? We are seeing it in every realm including science, business, personal life etc. Why is it so hard to reply?

It usually takes less than a minute to reply an email or a phone call! How can we do good science if we do not communicate? There are so many ways to communicate such as: phone, fax, email, telegraph, videoconference, teleconference, social media, courier, mail, mobile phone, sms, etc. I am asking myself so we need more technology? 

  Adolfo Cotter, MD

Oct 21/2010

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