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September 1952

LITERARY ASPECTS OF MEDICAL JOURNALISM: Address Delivered at the State Medical Journalism Conference, American Medical Association Headquarters, Chicago, Nov. 12, 1951

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;56(3):229-240. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710020249001

I SHOULD like to begin by overcoming those difficulties and problems that confronted me when I was here four years ago and most of which still confront me now.

I have pointed out that it is rather difficult to discuss the literary aspects of medical journalism when one is a lay person whose literary aspects are virtually nonexistent. I also tried to point out that at that time I had done my homework. I had read a few issues of three different state journals, and I had some opinions. However, having worked in the field as long as I have, I know that one cannot disassociate style and subject matter. When one discusses literary aspects, one should have some understanding of what the subject matter is. Style, after all, has been defined in many ways, but I frequently have defined it as the imprint of personality on subject matter, and

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