Acronym minefield

As a poor man’s epidemiologist, I am in constant awe of the true exponents of the craft. Perhaps the characteristic for which epidemiologists are most famous is the use of the acronym.

Every major study, modern disease or organisation is blessed with an alphabetic epithet: EPICH, NHAINES, SARS, HRT, NHF, etc.

Some of my favourites are the MONA LISA hypothesis (Most Obesities kNown Are Low in Sympathetic Activity); FISH (Foreign Immigrant Study on Health) and CHIPs