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Resources to Help with Medical Writing

 Photo by Isabelle Bouvier I am pictured here with some of the editions of my recommended books that I have acquired over the years. I received my first copy of Elements of Style in 1979, so I cannot show all my editions. My first copy from middle school is on the left, and the fiftieth anniversary edition is on the right.

Photo by Isabelle Bouvier
I am pictured here with some of the editions of my recommended books that I have acquired over the years. I received my first copy of Elements of Style in 1979, so I cannot show all my editions. My first copy from middle school is on the left, and the fiftieth anniversary edition is on the right.

How To Write And Publish A Scientific Paper

Robert A. Day and Barbara Gastel

I received my first copy as a post-doctoral fellow, and in the decades since I have not found anything better. The basis of much of science writing in the US is the IMRAD format—Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. This format often applies whether you are writing a manuscript, poster, doctoral thesis, or grant application—all of which are covered in the book.

This handy reference has short, easy-to-read chapters with witty text and great cartoons. Topics in the seventh edition include ethics, writing a title, designing effective tables and figures, dealing with editors and proofs, writing books chapters, presenting at conferences, writing across cultures and media, CVs, letters of recommendation, careers is science communications, and yes, grant applications. It remains my go-to reference for all written science communication.

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper                                                Robert A. Day (Author), Barbara Gastel (Author)                                              The price for this book is approximately $26.04, but click on the book title for the exact price                                                                                                      Buy from Amazon.com now!

 

Elements of Style

William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

This classic style manual, which we all know and love, is never out of reach when I write. Small but mighty, this text answers my general usage questions with the authors’ trademark bone-dry humor.

                                                                                                       The Elements of Style Fourth Edition                                                           William Strunk Jr. (Author), E. B. White (Author)                                              The price for this book is approximately $6.95, but click on the book title for the exact price                                                                                                       Buy from Amazon.com now!

 

American Medical Association Manual of Style

JAMA Network Editors

If you are a professional medical writer or editor, this will likely be your primary style manual. I am rarely asked by a client to use another. I personally love the online version and update it each year, given how quickly medical jargon and usage can evolve within a research context.

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American Medical Association Manual of Style                                           JAMA Network Editors                                                                                           The price for this book is approximately $87.03, but click on the book title for the exact price                                                                                                     Buy from Amazon.com now!

Posted March 3, 2014 by Meg Bouvier

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