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Legibility of doctors’ handwriting is as good (or bad) as everyone else’s
  1. K A Schneider,
  2. C W Murray,
  3. R D Shadduck,
  4. D G Meyers
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Kansas, Kanas, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 D G Meyers
 Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Kansas University Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS 66160, USA; dmeyers{at}kumc.edu

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Doctors have a reputation for illegible handwriting. Is such notoriety deserved?

Methods

With approval of the Kansas University Human Subjects Committee, we recruited 10 right-handed men and 10 right-handed women with seven different occupations (accountant, attorney, automobile technician, builder, engineer, doctor and scientist). Participants wrote in cursive “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” in <17 s.

The number of malformed individual letters was judged by an investigator, blinded to participant …

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