Effective communication is the ultimate, but often daunting, purpose of any medical research or review. This book provides the practical information necessary to turn first drafts into concise, unambiguous text, without loss of individuality. Written by a consultant anaesthetist and an experienced medical editor, and also illustrated by an accomplished medical editor, all of whom are sympathetic to the problems and needs of medical writers, this book deals with the basic craft of writing, from choosing the best word or phrase to essential grammar. This expanded fourth edition includes many more words better replaced, and deals explicitly with the problems of writers whose first language is not English. Whether you are writing a simple clinical report or a thesis, supervising others, running a course on medical or scientific writing, or just want to develop your skills in written communication, this book is the ideal guide and reference. Clear, simple and precise, and illustrated with apt cartoons, this is an invaluable handbook.
- Significantly expanded to include additional chapters on the difficulties of English as an additional language, technology and changing language, circumlocution, and clichés and article titles
- Comprehensive lists of words and phrases that can be found and replaced enable a quick-start to improving medical English
- Over 40 new exercises, with explanations, allow readers to test whether they have grasped the principles outlined in the text
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
Review of previous edition: 'Read this book, and make sure your students do …' British Journal of Psychiatry
Review of previous edition: 'Anyone who aspires to medical or scientific authorship should read this book.' Journal of the Institution of Health Education
Review of previous edition: '… whether you are an amateur or a well-published author this book will be useful. After reading it, I immediately wanted to redraft work I had written previously. But it is too late!' British Journal of Anaesthesia
Foreword Tim Albert
Part I. Problem: The Illness:
2. The malaise of medical manuscripts
3. The difficulties of English as an additional language (EAL)
Part II. Solution: Symptomatic Relief:
4. Technology, changing language, and authority
5. Guidelines to clearer writing
7. Is there a better word?
8. Superfluous words
9. Imprecise words
10. Superfluous phrases
11. Trouble with short words
12. Use of the passive voice
13. Consistency: number and tenses
14. Word order
17. Words and parts of speech for EAL writers
18. Clichés and article titles
19. Constructing sentences
20. Further help with sentences for EAL writers
21. Drawing clear graphs
22. It can be done
Part III. Practice: Recuperation:
Appendix: British-American English
References and further reading
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Neville W. Goodman, Southmead Hospital, Bristol
Dr Neville W. Goodman is a retired consultant anaesthetist who formerly worked at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK.
Martin B. Edwards
The late Dr Martin B. Edwards was formerly Senior Research Fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons, England, and a freelance medical editor.
Andy Black, University of Bristol
Dr Andy Black is a retired Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia who formerly worked at the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.