Contrasting 1997 Leren with 2011 Goldberg: the pivot from precision to imprecision

In 2011, Dr. Baum was a peer reviewer with the journal that published the 2011 report in the center screenshot. The lead author of the 2011 paper was Dr. Anne Goldberg.  Observing the shift from the singular to a plural usage of “FH” renders the language strategy conspicuous.What underlies the category heading for the entire group of lipid disorders becomes“FH” in 2011. The subcategory, familial hypercholesterolemia, becomes the category heading, familial hypercholesterolemias. Now “familial hypercholesterolemia” in the title in Goldberg’s series is notsynonymous with many of the references to “FH” within the article. The title, being singular, and having that definition established over the prior decades, we are referring to the LDL Receptor, but the actual text equivocates “FH,” which thereafter refers to an entire group. The use of “FH” will flicker back and forth from the category heading of a group to the specific disease caused by a mutation in the LDL receptor. However, the 2011 Merck Manual, updated by the same Dr. Goldberg, is not limited to FH and must list the diseases separately.

Contrasting 1997 Leren with 2011 Goldberg: the pivot from precision to imprecision