A-Z of Medical Writing
- By: Sally-Ann S Price
Not a list of great medical literature or a book on how to write it. This book will help you to write more effectively: for most medics, it is getting the message across that counts.
“Doctors. They are highly trained in medical matters; they are not usually highly trained in writing matters.” Over a period of years, we have each been trained to write ineffectively. In school, teachers impose rules of grammar-though it is now accept. able to boldly split an infinitive. As undergraduates we write stilted experimental reports to “impress” tutors, using as much jargon as we can. Albert retrains us to write more clearly, simply, and, most of all, effectively. I think that “commence” and “participate” have more dignity than Anglo. Saxon “start” and “take part.” But no, this pomposity merely blurs my message. Eloquence (though often it isn't) should not get in the way of effective writing.