By Tim Albert
The aim of this booklet is to assist medical professionals and different overall healthiness pros with their writing difficulties. It involves numerous hundred issues, from the method of writing to authorship, and from using semi-colons to the legislation of overdue literals. those are prepared alphabetically, with huge go referencing and, the place applicable, lists of books that the writer has learn and recommends. The publication will supply concise, sensible information regarding the way to take on any kind of writing required of well-being care pros.
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This tends to be either a personal statement (‘I am more important than you, so don’t push me around’) or a problem in technique (such as failing to allow enough time for others to have their input). If you are an editor, your duty is clear: if you start to allow people to break deadlines you will be in trouble, so be firm – and have an alternative up your sleeve so that you will be able to fill the pages. You will rarely have to do this more than once: nothing changes writers’ attitudes to deadlines as quickly as the realization that they won’t be published if they flout them.
Dictating machines Some feel that it is cheating to use them, but they are extremely useful. They are fast, they encourage us to use a speaking vocabulary rather than a posh writing one (see pub test) and they make it difficult for us to keep track of what we have said so that we plough on rather than fiddle around with what we have just said. All this helps us to get down the all-important first draft. 37 – THE A Z OF MEDICAL WRITING The disadvantage is that we can get carried away with the sound of our own voice and our own brilliance.
Most important of all, what will happen if the power goes off? E-mails, writing of One of the curious things about e-mails is that, even in the workplace, many of them still retain a freshness that has long since disappeared from other types of writing (see putting on the posh overcoat). I suspect that this is because people generally write to a named person, which means that they have a clear definition of the target audience. E-mails are sent immediately, so there is no time for the false feedback loop to come into effect.