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January 1984

How to Write and Publish Papers in the Medical Sciences

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(1):127. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650370133029

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The author's summary in his introduction speaks my mind regarding this excellent small volume: "The inexperienced author can, with suggestions in this guide, develop skills in writing through mastering the main principles, applying them,... and looking into books and papers recommended in Appendix 4...."

From the opening chapter entitled "The Paper, the Audience, and the Right Journal," to the final ones entitled "Reading Proof" and "Between Proof and Publication," Huth takes the novice writer step-by-step through the thinking that should go on before the writer sits down in front of a typewriter: the processes of organizing the paper, researching it, drafting it, writing it, submitting it, and seeing it through the publishing process. Not many writers, even experienced ones, regularly work as hard at it as he expects his students to work; all medical writers could profit from his advice that comes from long experience as the editor of the

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