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Principles of Medical Writing

RAYMOND WHITEHEAD, D.Sc., M.D.
AMA Arch Surg. 1957;75(1):1-8. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1957.01280130005001.
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Foreword  In the Aug. 25, 1956, issue of The Lancet Dr. Raymond Whitehead, reader in pathology, University of Manchester, had a special article on "English for Doctors." It was so interesting and seemed to be so valuable for all of us who are reading and writing for medical and surgical journals that he was asked if he would write a somewhat similar article for the A. M. A. Archives of Surgery. This he has done, and his paper on "Principles of Medical Writing" appears in this issue. I am sure that our readers will find it an article of real interest.Waltman Walters, M.D.The physician can hardly escape writing something. If he is a teacher, the writing of scientific papers will be an important part of his work. Others may practice in silence for years; then comes the request for a presidential address, or some shorter piece, such as

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