Journalists are notorious for taking in each other's washing, and medical editors are no exception. But does anyone outside the inner circle concerned with medical writing and publishing read books giving advice to doctors on how to write accurate, short, and clear articles? Several such manuals are now available—this latest being the best and most comprehensive I have read—but most medical editors would agree that nine out of every ten articles they receive still suffer from the four deadly sins of medical writing: long-windedness, pomposity, repetition, and addiction to jargon.
Those who want to improve their writing will find this
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