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July 21, 1900

Suggestions to Medical Writers.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(3):181-182. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460290051036

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This little volume is largely made up of papers or editorials that have appeared in the Philadelphia Medical Journal, and which bear the characteristic stamp of the personality of the brilliant author. The tyro in medical writing and the more or less practiced and careless writer for the journals, and even in books, and these include the majority, will find many things in it which will be of value. The author has covered the use of words, orthography, punctuation, titles, medical English style, and has also laid down the rules which he thinks editors and publishers should follow. There is, of course, in this as in all other reforms, a personal equation of the advocate, and some may not follow Dr. Gould in every particular. Common sense must govern all the changes which are advocated, and too rigid following of any rule may be found inconvenient. There are also differences

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