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Addresses the main commonly asked questions physicians have approximately clinical writing and oral shows and provides functional options.

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Writing is a skill necessary for physicians to do their jobs. In fact, many times the only thing a person knows about you is what you put on paper. Myth:"I don't have any talent for writing. " Page 6 Fact:Writing is a skill, not a talent. "Fact:Bad writers do get published. "Fact:Medical writing doesn't have to be poorly written. As physicians, you should not accept mediocrity. Myth:"I know what I want to say, but I can't seem to get my thoughts organized. "Fact:The best way to clarify thinking is to start writing.

14.  . The manuscript was reviewed, not the author of the sentence. 15. The patient was given treatment for outpatient respiratory tract infection. The treatment was outpatient; the infection wasn't. Long Sentences, Unclear Antecedents, Poor Transitions There is not much to be said about the period except that most writers don't reach it soon enough. William Zinsser (1980, 104) Many times, medical writing is difficult to understand because the sentences are too long, the antecedents are unclear, or the writer has not made the connections between sentences and paragraphs clear to the reader.

4.  . Authors and readers hope peers reviewing articles in Page 24 an immunohistochemistry journal are experts in the field! 5. In order to make an accurate diagnosis, the physician must very closely scrutinize the patient's history. " 6. With careful advance planning, we should be able to make Grand Rounds a more useful activity for our residents. All planning is advance. Punctuation and Grammar It is not wise to violate the rules until you know how to observe them. S. Eliot (Safire, 214) Punctuation, to most people, is a set of arbitrary and rather silly rules you find in printers' style books and in the back pages of school grammars.

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