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May 17, 1952

[unk] for Medical Writing: A Useful Guide to Principles and Practice of Effective Scientific Writing and Illustration

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By Edwin P. Jordan, M.D. and Willard C. Shepard. Cloth. $2.50. Pp. 112, with 26 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5; 7 Grape St., Shaftesbury Ave., London, W.C.2, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;149(3):311. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930200097033

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This book provides book provides information on the preparation for publication of medical manuscripts. The information is well presented. To emphasize thenecessity for rewriting, the senior author devotes entire chapters in the book to each of the following phases of preparing a manuscript: the first draft, the first revision, the second revision, the third revision, the beginning, and the end. Some writers do not stop at three revisions to perfect their papers; even so, it is amazing how mistakesstill can appear in the finished product. The emphasis on this method for preparing a medical manuscript is well taken. The paragraph on page 1 on how to get ideas for a medical paper will interest those who would like to write for publication but are not sure what subject to write about.

Dr. Jordan is rather skeptical of the use of footnotes in medical manuscripts. It might have been helpful to

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