The summary offensive

I guess it was only a matter of time, in the frenzied bacchanalian display of technological hubris known as medical IT, before hospitals — desperately bereft of the motivational grunt required to extract timely discharge summaries from their borderline somnambulant junior medical staff — resorted to the computerised discharge summary.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary — that last bastion of etymological sanity in the deranged theme park we have come to know as the world — defines the word ‘summary’ as follows: “Compendious and usually