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Medical Writing
A Prescription for Clarity

4th Edition

  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107628151


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  • Effective communication is the ultimate, but often daunting, purpose of any medical research or review. This book provides the practical information necessary to turn first drafts into concise, unambiguous text, without loss of individuality. Written by a consultant anaesthetist and an experienced medical editor, and also illustrated by an accomplished medical editor, all of whom are sympathetic to the problems and needs of medical writers, this book deals with the basic craft of writing, from choosing the best word or phrase to essential grammar. This expanded fourth edition includes many more words better replaced, and deals explicitly with the problems of writers whose first language is not English. Whether you are writing a simple clinical report or a thesis, supervising others, running a course on medical or scientific writing, or just want to develop your skills in written communication, this book is the ideal guide and reference. Clear, simple and precise, and illustrated with apt cartoons, this is an invaluable handbook.

    • Significantly expanded to include additional chapters on the difficulties of English as an additional language, technology and changing language, circumlocution, and clichés and article titles
    • Comprehensive lists of words and phrases that can be found and replaced enable a quick-start to improving medical English
    • Over 40 new exercises, with explanations, allow readers to test whether they have grasped the principles outlined in the text
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    Reviews & endorsements

    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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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: August 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107628151
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 155 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Tim Albert
    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. Clichés 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

  • Authors

    Neville W. Goodman, Southmead Hospital, Bristol
    Dr Neville W. Goodman is a retired consultant anaesthetist who formerly worked at Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

    Martin B. Edwards
    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
    Elise Langdon-Neuner is a freelance medical editor and editor emeritus of Medical Writing.

    Illustrated by

    Andy Black, University of Bristol
    Dr Andy Black is a retired Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia who formerly worked at the University of Bristol.


    Tim Albert

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