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April 1958

Guide to Medical Writing.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;59(4):630. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940050186029

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The fact that physicians as a class are generally mediocre writers is attested to by the large number of books on the market purporting to improve the quality of their output. These manuals describing what is wrong with their manuscripts, and telling them how they can be improved, have been coming off the press in increasing numbers and show that either doctors do not care how they write or that editors of medical journals will accept manuscripts which would be turned down flat by the staffs of nonscientific magazines. Both were probably true a few years ago, but today our medical journals have a plethora of material to publish and their editors can be more particular and turn down those which do not come up to minimum standards in presentation and style.

In this new book Dr. Davidson, who has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Medical Society of

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