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December 23, 1939

Public Speaking for Technical Men

JAMA. 1939;113(26):2346. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800510068028

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Now that there are innumerable scientific societies in every branch of scientific learning which hold regular meetings at which topics are freely discussed, it becomes almost incumbent on the scientist who wishes to make progress in his field to be able to present his work suitably to his colleagues, to defend his thesis in open discussion—in a word, to understand how to influence people. This does not depreciate in any way the scientific value of his work; it merely recognizes the fact that elucidation is necessary for comprehension.

There are, however, many aspects in a scientific presentation which are quite separate from presentation before other bodies. The book by S. Marion Tucker gives a great deal of useful information and advice but unfortunately includes a mass of irrelevant data planned primarily to make the book readable. There is much discussion on the proper use of the voice, on the appearance

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