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May 18, 1957

The Physician-Writer's Book: Tricks of the Trade of Medical Writing

JAMA. 1957;164(3):352. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980030128037

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This book, in the words of the author, is designed "to aid the inexperienced, inexpert, occasional physician-author, whose material is written for other physicians." It is well suited for this purpose and is equally well designed to be of great service to the more experienced medical writer. The book serves as a manual of medical writing from the rules of sentence structure to the mechanics of preparing a manuscript. Every subdivision of the subject is presented in the modest, authoritative manner that is characteristic of the author.

Such practical discussions as those concerned with sources of assistance to the author, the subdivisions and organization of the article, tests of quality, paragraph structure, medical slang, tact and ethics, and the use of tables and illustrations will be of value to anyone who feels he has medical information to impart. Hewitt is not dogmatic and is not a perfectionist in the use

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