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October 4, 1965

Medical Writing and Medical Education

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JAMA. 1965;194(1):97. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090140105037

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To the Editor:—  As indicated in your timely editorial "Medical Writing and Medical Education," (JAMA193:152-153 [July 12] 1965) there is a definite need for improvement in scientific writing. Much is poorly done and difficult to interpret. However, I do not think that the plan adopted by some medical schools, namely, to "provide a competent instructor to teach students medical writing" is the best solution to the problem. By the time a student enters medical school his style of English composition usually is firmly established, making it difficult to correct faulty habits acquired during the undergraduate years. Of course, such instruction —if it could be chiseled into an already overloaded curriculum— might improve the student's writing and also orient him toward scientific communication. But it would be far better if emphasis could be put on English composition during the college years, if necessary, at the expense of some of

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