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September 1939


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;40(3):442-444. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01490030099018

The following suggestions are offered to enable authors to avoid common errors in the preparation of manuscripts and to conform to the style of the American Medical Association Press. Many of the rules are fundamental and are contained in the book entitled "Medical Writing" by Dr. Morris Fishbein.1 It is hoped that authors will endeavor to conform to these suggestions.

GENERAL SUGGESTIONS  Do not use the editorial "we."Use first person for articles and discussions.Always use complete sentences. Telegraphic style is not allowed.Do not include a long introduction (pages at times) of material that is well known and not essential to your subject.Follow Dorland's "American Illustrated Medical Dictionary" for the spelling of medical words.Follow the "National Classified Nomenclature of Disease." For example write "rosacea" (not "acne rosacea").Follow the bibliographic style of the American Medical Association. Do not pad your article with an unnecessarily long