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December 7, 1957

Medical Writing: The Technic and the Art

JAMA. 1957;165(14):1892. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980320122033

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This standard work on the preparation of medical manuscripts deserves its well-earned place in the literature on the subject. It has been out of print and has been missed. It is a manual of style rather than a textbook on medical writing, since it sets forth standards for abbreviation, footnotes, bibliographic material, charts, illustrations, etc., which are based largely on the standards of The Journal. As a manual of style it successfully fills a need. It complements, but does not replace, other books on medical writing which provide better discussion of such subjects as exposition, sentence and paragraph structure, elementary biometrics, and grammar. Both types of book are highly desirable, if not essential, for the serious student of medical writing. This new edition has been changed very little from the last. It has been brought up to date in all necessary areas, although the changes are of greater importance to

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