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June 1952

Rx for Medical Writing

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;47(6):835-836. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.01700030854017

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This is a useful book for those who have had little experience in the preparation of medical manuscripts. The first 41 pages constitute an essay on how to go about preparing a medical manuscript to be submitted for publication. It contains much common sense, which if followed will save the uninitiated from the disappointment of having his manuscripts rejected and will enormously lighten the burden of an editorial staff of a journal, who are frequently forced to return manuscripts which contain good material poorly put together.

The authors have an excellent sense of humor, and many of the examples they use for illustration are highly amusing. One of the most amusing is that quoted in commenting on abbreviations, which may not be familiar to either the editors or the readers: "Not long ago I picked up a medical history which said simply, 'S. O. B. climbing stairs.' It is well

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