Medical / legal / reporting

I just joined this group, and I’m very excited about it. It’s great to see a site devoted to Gregg, especially in a day when utility for shorthand is generally seen as waning.
I taught myself shorthand in 6th grade when I came across my mother’s shorthand books from business school. I learned the 1949 Simplified version. The summer before I started medical school, I picked up medical shorthand, which I really enjoyed and used to treat advantage. More recently, I’ve picked up legal shorthand, which isn’t a lot of extra forms; and I picked up congressional reporting even more recently than that. Reporting is a whole new world of abbreviations and phrasing, and I’ve really liked these enhancements to the basic system. I’ve been using Clyde Blanchard’s book Expert Shorthand and the pamphlet Most-Used Congressional Phrases.
I’ve always found reading Gregg to be relaxing and soothing after a long day. I can’t explain this, but it has been true for many years.
Anyway, I look forward to participation in the group.
Brian

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  1. As she took notes on my explanation yesterday, I noticed my nurse customer use a symbol which looked like the letter A with a bar over it.  I asked her what it meant, and she said it was medical shorthand for "before".  "Funny", I said, "I would think A would stand for After."  She told me the letter P is used to mean after.  "Funny", I thought, "I would think P would stand for Pre."   I guess its for the Latin "anti" and "post".  Damn it all!  I forgot to give her a Gregg Group card.   Is this the kind of medical shorthand you mean, Brian?  Or do you mean that you learned a method of Gregg geared towards medicine?  How about the legal and congressional shothand?  Oh, and welcome to the group!

  2. Hi! I just recieved my "Gregg Medical Shorthand Manual and Dictionary" in the mail today. I was walking to the computer desk, about to open it, and I was thinking to myself "I'm not a doctor…I havn't the slightest anything about anything medical…why'd I buy this again? Oh yeah…cause it's Gregg and I havta have it! Has anyone actually used this medical stuff though?!?" And boom! Crash! Splatter! Here you come along : )   Anyways, no real point…just one of those "mind set" types of things where as soon as you learn a new thing (like a word), you're almost certain to hear it or read it within a week…even though you "never have before ever ever!" Like two weeks ago I learned "pedagogy"…and two days later there it was screaming its name at me in a book I was reading : ) It's in incredibly interesting phenomenon that happens SO often when you're activly learning and seeking out new ideas. It's almost as if you're blind to certain facets of the world, not even knowing you don't see them, and then as soon as you're told or notice it, it's everywhere! Not that sharthanding medical Brians are taking over the world or anything…But it's almost an end in itself this "expanding of the consciousness" (almost wrote conscience…now that, on the other hand, is shrinking : )   So yup. I've rambled…neat…I'm off. And welcome to the group! ./[tyler]

  3. No, no. I learned Gregg that was adapted for medical use. It was common before about the 1963 Diamond Jubilee Series. I tell me about medical shorthand is like an appendix to a book: It extends the basic principles, particularly for prefixes and suffixes.   For example, a disjoined 'a' is used for 'ante' or 'anti'. (By the way, the Latin word you meant was 'ante' meaning before–not 'anti' meaning "against." And a disjoined 'p' stands for 'post' as in 'after.' A disjoined 'ts' means -itis as in appendicitis.   Brian

  4. Thanks for the welcome. I have both versions of Expert Shorthand, but I consistently use the 1949 Simplified version for everything. Admittedly, much of Expert book draws on earlier material that had been excluded from the Simplied version–hence the simplication!   Brian

  5. Welcome to the group Brian.  It's nice to have new people in the group.  I also like congressional reporting matter because of the variety in the vocabulary.  I find it interesting with the additional number of shortcuts.  I also like the Expert Shorthand Speed Course book by Blanchard.  Do you have the Anniversary or the Simplified Edition?  (I write Anniv Gregg).   If you like reporting in general, another book you should consider is the Gregg Shorthand Reporting Course by Charles Swem and John Gregg.  The book is a real gem, because it gives advice on methodology for achieving greater speeds and improve your writing.  It covers all aspects: congressional, legal, medical.  I've seen it in e-bay.

  6. My "Manual and Dictionary" was printed in 1953, and
    it's in the Simplified series–same size book, same typography,
    etc.
     
    Alex

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    Interesting! Which version is your Manual and
    Dictionary
    ? Is it the 1949 Simplified
    version?
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