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October 31, 1936

A CRITICISM OF STYLE IN MEDICAL WRITING

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Akron, Ohio.

JAMA. 1936;107(18):1488-1489. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770440064023

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  As I peruse the periodicals of the day, I am struck by the fact that there is style in writing, and that, like all other styles, it is subject to change.Certain words, new or old, are brought before the public eye in some exceptionally good story and then begin to appear in 90 per cent of all stories that are published in the next twelve months. For instance, 99 per cent of all the heroes of today's short stories are 6 feet 2, have red curly hair and "gangling" legs, while some other member of the party is "meticulous" about this or that. Both of these words have been on the market more than a year and are quite shopworn, but no up-to-date story is complete without one or both.Medical literature is probably the worst offender; it took twenty years to educate the physician to

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