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Books, Journals, New Media
March 16, 2005

Watson’s Writing

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(11):1393-1397. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1394

James Watson’s contributions to biomedical science are well known to students, professionals, and the general public. Gina Smith recently called the discovery of the double helix “a greater achievement than the discovery of vaccines and antibiotics combined.”1 In The Writing Life of James D. Watson, Errol Friedberg unveils one of James Watson’s less widely known endowments: his gift for writing. This fascinating book reveals how Watson established a novel style that has touched not only scientists but also readers without a biology background.

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