The complete guide to medical writing by Mark C. Stuart

By Mark C. Stuart

''The entire consultant to scientific Writing'' is meant to contemplate all features of medical/scientific writing in a single concise introductory textual content. each one bankruptcy considers a person, distinctive point of clinical writing even supposing at any place attainable the chapters stick to an identical constitution. The e-book is meant to supply an outline to the amateur author by means of explaining tips on how to get released, tips to write for a specific viewers or in a selected media, what the publishing techniques are and what the monetary rewards could be

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Was it really necessary to use the chunky phrase Methodological heterogenicity in the statement Methodological heterogenicity and problems in study design make it difficult to compare results? I suspect the writer meant no more than ‘varied methods’, ‘varying methods’, or ‘variation in methods’. All of those alternatives would have saved weight. Write 01 Chapter 1532 14 12/3/07 14:45 Page 14 Style for accurate and readable medical writing ends rather than terminates; write the use of partial-liver grafts rather than the utilisation of partial-liver grafts; write have higher/more symptoms rather than have higher symptomatology; write did not explore causes rather than did not explore causality; write tumour cells that resist killing rather than tumour cells that are refractory to killing.

It is, I suspect, responsible for much of the ponderous, uncomfortably encoded scientific text I have had to read during my career as an adviser on writing. It is entirely natural to mix the full range of structures and forms available in English. To illustrate natural encoding in a mixture of forms and structures, here are fragments of typical sections of a scientific paper (not all from the same paper, and lightly edited), with a description of every verb. ) Introduction A well-written Introduction normally includes a mixture of personal and impersonal, active and passive constructions: 01 Chapter 1532 24 12/3/07 14:45 Page 24 Style for accurate and readable medical writing Methadone is used increasingly for controlling pain in the elderly and in palliative care settingsn,n.

Not: . . in a waterproof waste disposal bag. Prefer: . . in a waterproof waste-disposal bag. When you combine three words into a compound, make the compound clear by using two hyphens. ): Avoid all upper-case words. . all-upper-case . . It is acceptable to use ‘suspended’ hyphens when you want to create two or more similar compounds in sequence. A suspended hyphen is a device for economising on words. Instead of repeating layered in the expression a double-layered or treble-layered coating, we can write ‘a doubleor treble-layered coating’.

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