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Books, Journals, New Media
October 5, 2005

Health Writing

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(13):1701. doi:10.1001/jama.294.13.1701-a

Writing about health and medicine for a general audience can be daunting for the novice and even for the seasoned professional. In this how-to manual, pearls for the experienced health writer are tucked among abundant tips for those new to the field.

Based on her medical journalism course at Texas A & M University, Barbara Gastel, MD, MPH, organizes her handbook into four sections: “Finding Topics and Information,” “Preparing the Piece,” “Exploring Issues and Areas,” and “Pursuing a Career.”