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January 1991

The Word Is Out

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology Yale University School of Medicine 333 Cedar St, PO Box 3333 New Haven, CT 06510-8059

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(1):36-37. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680010044005

The is improved patient care. Reports from the research bench and from the examination table lead to recognition and understanding of disease pathogenesis and diagnosis, to theory and practice of therapeutics, and to concepts of prevention and prognosis. The content of a report should never be sacrificed for style, but there is no reason why clarity and cogency cannot be enhanced by correct and compelling word choice. Patient care is enhanced when a compelling title draws a reader to a compelling report. Patient care is enhanced when the compelling report is couched in easily understandable and memorable terms.

Thought conditions language; language conditions thought; clear thinking leads to clear language and vice versa: this is true in the world at large; this is largely true in the world of science and medicine; and it may be especially true in the dermatologic world.

Medicine in general, dermatology in particular, has ingots

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