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Alphabetization and Sorting 

Medical Indexes

Bruce McGregor

and Harriet S. Meyer

Alphabetization in indexes begins with the first letter of the term, eg, G periodG phaseG proteinCommas precede letters in sorting order (examples from Thomas).cold, commoncold agglutinin disease Vibrio, noncholeraVibrio cholerae infectionOther punctuation is ignored. Omsk hemorrhagic fever virusO'nyong-nyong virusFor entries that are identical except for case, choose whether uppercase or lowercase will take precedence in sorting and be consistent throughout the index. abl1, 99, 106 110Abl1, 95, 100 103 Brca1, 112BRCA1, 54, 804 809When an identifier in parentheses is used to clarify similar terms, the identifier may be included in sorting (follow house style).Abl1 (mouse gene), 95, 100 103Abl1 (mouse

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