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June 3, 1998

WritingHealth Writer's Handbook

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;279(21):1751-1752. doi:10.1001/jama.279.21.1751-JBK0603-2-1

Inside most physicians dwells a writer yearning to burst free. Setting aside the surprising number of physician-poets and a sprinkling of hopeful novelists and screenwriters, most doctors believe they have a particular expertise in health writing. Those who pursue it will find a practical reference in Health Writer's Handbook. Dr Barbara Gastel, who coordinates the program in science journalism at Texas A&M University, has written an excellent guide to finding information, along with techniques for researching, organizing, and writing on health topics. Hers is a handbook, a source of nuts-and-bolts data. Look elsewhere if you want advice on how to get published.

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