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Medical Writing


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Foreword Tim Albert; Preface; Part I. Problem: The Illness: 1. Introduction; 2. The malaise of medical manuscripts; 3. The difficulties of English as an additional language (EAL); Part II. Solution: Symptomatic Relief: 4. Technology, changing language, and authority; 5. Guidelines to clearer writing; 6. Spelling; 7. Is there a better word?; 8. Superfluous words; 9. Imprecise words; 10. Superfluous phrases; 11. Trouble with short words; 12. Use of the passive voice; 13. Consistency: number and tenses; 14. Word order; 15. Punctuation; 16. Circumlocution; 17. Words and parts of speech for EAL writers; 18. Cliches and article titles; 19. Constructing sentences; 20. Further help with sentences for EAL writers; 21. Drawing clear graphs; 22. It can be done; Part III. Practice: Recuperation: 23. Exercises; Appendix: British-American English; References and further reading; Index.

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Significantly expanded and updated, this is an invaluable handbook for anyone seeking to improve their written communication of medical content.

About the Author

Dr Neville W. Goodman is a retired consultant anaesthetist who formerly worked at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. The late Dr Martin B. Edwards was formerly Senior Research Fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons and a freelance medical editor. Elise Langdon-Neuner is a freelance medical editor and editor emeritus of Medical Writing. Dr Andy Black is a retired Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia who formerly worked at the University of Bristol.


Review of previous edition: 'Read this book, and make sure your students do ...' British Journal of Psychiatry
Review of previous edition: 'Anyone who aspires to medical or scientific authorship should read this book.' Journal of the Institution of Health Education
Review of previous edition: '... whether you are an amateur or a well-published author this book will be useful. After reading it, I immediately wanted to redraft work I had written previously. But it is too late!' British Journal of Anaesthesia

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