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A Piece of My Mind
January 23/30, 2018

The Things We Say

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
JAMA. 2018;319(4):341-342. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.20545

Gwynne’s Grammar1 is my favorite writing guide. In it, he advocates for precision in the use of language, which is the machine for thinking and necessary for clear judgment and good decisions. Gwynne creates a nine-step argument for the importance of words, even suggesting: “If enough societies in the world crumble as a result of bad decisions taken because of bad thinking, yes, the whole of world civilisation faces collapse, with consequences for each individual that are literally incalculable.”