by Edward J. Huth (The Professional Writing Series), 203 pp, $17.95, paper $11.95, Philadelphia, ISI Press. 1982.
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Huth has written a gem of a book; it will be invaluable for would-be authors of medical journal articles, particularly authors who wish to prepare scientific manuscripts. Department chairmen should consider presenting each member of their faculty with a copy, and, judging from experience, they should peruse the book themselves. The work, written for US physician-scientists, is authoritative and comprehensive in scope. The logical steps in writing and editing original manuscripts are comprehensively outlined, and the subtleties of producing a polished medical communication are painstakingly explained. Such a book, presenting a full and systematic description of the process of preparing medical articles for publication, has been sorely needed. The prose style is plain, lucid, and to the point. It is clear why Huth is widely regarded as the Dean of US medical editors.
To demonstrate the vigor of the book, I will cite just a few Huthian pearls:
Grouse LD. How to Write and Publish Papers in the Medical Sciences. JAMA. 1983;249(17):2395. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330410073034