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Editing is the "smallest and probably the least understood, medical specialty," says Dr. Morgan, editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Dr. Morgan considers the editor's role to be dual, "both gatekeeper and partner" to the author. An editor "does one or both of the following: crosses out, rearranges, and changes words written by someone else; decides whether and how something in writing should be published." As a metaphor for editing, Dr. Morgan suggests the car wash: "Very dirty cars are turned away dirty; dirty cars emerge much cleaner; clean cars are little changed."
Morgan answers such difficult questions as
An Insider's Guide for Medical Authors & Editors.. Ann Intern Med. ;106:645. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-4-645_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(4):645.
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