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December 18, 1948

Medical Writing: The Technic and the Art

JAMA. 1948;138(16):1204. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900160072027

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This book has evolved from a small pamphlet first published in 1910. The present volume is a book of almost 300 pages with much material not available anywhere else. It advises the physician on the preparation of a scientific manuscript, particularly one designed for submission to The Journal of the American Medical Association or any of the special periodicals published by the Association. The various chapters discuss the style of writing, the construction of the manuscript, such simple matters as spelling, capitalization and abbreviations, the preparation of the bibliography and—most important of all —the revision of the manuscript. Special sections deal with illustrations, charts and diagrams, tables and proofreading. The book includes also a list of the periodicals in the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus and a competent index.

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