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Adventures in Medical Writing.

Marcus J. Smith, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1972;129(1):145. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.00320010149024.
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If an "adventure" is considered to be an exciting or unusual experience, then the six distinguished contributors to this slim though meaty volume are justified in their use of the title, Adventures in Medical Writing.

Robert H. Moser, one of the editors, starts the action with a description of the mental processes of a competent writer developing a scientific thesis. First, the preliminaries—how to collect the data, how to determine whether the report is worth publishing. Then, how to begin—with the conclusions; how to avoid the underbrush or obscurity and bias; how to end—with the conclusions; when to ask for criticism; why simplicity is preferred. "There is nothing sissified about a clean-cut, well-scrubbed sentence; proper English is not a symbol of faltering manhood."

The venture continues as Erwin di Cyan, the co-editor, discusses other aspects of the craft of writing: factors involved in formulation of a title, many infirmities of


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