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The Language of Science

William B. Bean, M.D.
Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(3):397. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620210121023.
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There is a certain reciprocity between the growing obscurantism of medical writing and the number of books which propose wonderfully effective palliative therapy if not indeed cures for this all but universal blight. It seems to be the nature of the human organisms to resist instruction, advice, or correction. Thus it is most unlikely that any effectual good will come from the most passionate instruction which can lead first to correct and then tolerable and finally excellent medical and scientific writing. Toward this end William Gilman has done a workmanlike job in his book, The Language of Science. It adds another stone to the wall, to the rampart and embattlements of rectitude in writing. Whether intentional or not this book emphasizes popular writing of science for the layman. One might think this would be a handicap in a manual of this sort. It is not. A capital impediment in writing


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