September 1957

The Physician-Writer's Book: Tricks of the Trade of Medical Writing.

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By Richard M. Hewitt, M.D. Price, $9. Pp. 415, with illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5, 1957.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(3):513-516. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260090169023

It is almost a personal scandal that since the end of the second World War I have reviewed several thousand papers submitted for publication in various medical journals. Also I have criticized those written in my own department, including many of my own, rewritten six or eight times (and still not enough!). Professors of medicine and heads of other departments generally claim to be too busy to pay attention to the craft and art of presenting scientific material properly. All too often this is revealed in their own papers as well as those of their associates and juniors. Elsewhere, in several places, I have addressed my attention to the sorry state of affairs in medical writings. The simple and naïve are happy to disguise this by referring to it euphemistically as "the literature," though its resemblance to> literature is small indeed.

Most of our medical people and scientists at large

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