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January 1986

Medical Writing and English-Reply

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1986;112(1):112. doi:10.1001/archotol.1986.03780010114026

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Editorial Reply.—Dr Goodman's comments are well taken. Standardization of scientific nomenclature is essential if we are to speak and write with clarity and precision. Literary style and flair, of course, are different matters, and this introduces some latitude for authors. The variability that Dr Goodman finds distracting may be viewed as a welcome relief from repetition by other readers. Synonyms are more than defensible; they add lustre to our manuscripts and lift our efforts above the monotony and sterility of technical reporting in the direction of medical literature. I would suggest that there is a middle ground between the extremes of either position, and that the articles that are enjoyable to read are the ones that we remember.

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