Terry’s parrot died: adventures in voice recognition

Richard Travers
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00738
Published online: 11 December 2017

Voice recognition programs can create novel interpretations

At medical school, I was told that all the radioisotopes used in Australia came from leucocytes. This was the first medical homophone I encountered — the lecturer meant “Lucas Heights” — and I have enjoyed coming across them ever since. The use of voice recognition software when dictating clinical letters has furnished many fine examples, such as the one I use for my title: an ingenious rendition of “teriparatide”.

  • Footscray Hospital, Western Health, Melbourne, VIC


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  • 1. Fry S. The ode less travelled: unlocking the poet within. London: Hutchinson, 2005.


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