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October 5, 1964


JAMA. 1964;190(1):61. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070140067015

Six months ago there appeared in these pages a poetic license1 which was brave enough to give some counsel to physicians who are contemplating the writing of a manuscript. The advice was succinct; it took about the space of Polonius' speech to his son Laertes when the latter departed for Paris. Some physicians took the advice.

In this issue of The Journal (p 1), the editors, being somewhat braver, present a much expanded version of this same advice-about 15,000 to 20,000, we hope, well-chosen words. We have tried to anticipate all of the questions in a physician's mind regarding the preparation of a manuscript for publication-from the time the idea first glimmers until he begins answering requests for reprints.

To be sure, each issue of The Journal has carried, usually on advertising page 6, a summary, "Counsel to Authors." That there has been a need for a greatly expanded

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