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Editorial
April 1921

THE CARELESS WRITING OF MEDICAL AUTHORS

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1921;3(4_PART_1):421-422. doi:10.1001/archderm.1921.02350160076009

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Abstract

Dr. George Henry Fox, who has given us so many thoughtful suggestions as to diction and vocabulary in dermatologic writings, has contributed to this issue of the Archives an interesting article on "Dermatological Etymology." He emphasizes the interest and instructive value of this subject. It is to be hoped that his suggestions will stimulate others to follow at least a little way along this path of profitable study; for, as Dr. Fox says, "It enlarges one's vocabulary; it renders more accurate the appreciation of the meaning of words, and it tends to precision in the use of them."

And no one who reads medical literature can fail to note the need for improvement in all these respects, as well as in many other matters of style. It is a sad fact that the style of medical articles is notoriously loose; this is the result partly of inexperience in writing, partly

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