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September 23, 1961

The Technical Writer, An Aid to the Presentation and Production of Technical Literature

JAMA. 1961;177(12):883. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040380061020

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In an effort to standardize correct style, form, format, abbreviations, indexing, references, and the like, a Committee on Form and Style of the Conference of Biological Editors under the chairmanship of J. Roger Porter has put together a first-rate book on the style and mechanics of preparing biological papers. Although it is not altogether complete from the point of view of medicine, it is an admirable guide and could serve as a very useful instruction book for those submitting to the Archives or The Journal of the American Medical Association. This book will have wide applicability, since it has been adopted in whole or in part by the editors and editorial boards of 76 biological journals.

The first section deals with writing and is full of sound advice, good illustrations, and enough examples of current grotesqueness to satisfy even the most skeptical critic. The rest of the book deals with

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