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Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists By Oscar Linares

Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists
by Oscar Linares

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Plain English for Doctors is the first book on plain English medical writing. Its tips on writing clearly are specific, and easy to apply. Each tip comes with exercises based on excerpts from articles published in leading medical journals. This book is a must for any medical writer.
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Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists by Oscar Linares

Plain English for Doctors shows how to write about medical science in a clear and vivid way. It can help a medical writer at any level, from beginner to veteran, since it gives specific, practical advice. Writing in plain English can help your writing reach a wider audience, including people in other specialties, levels of training, other fields, and other countries around the world. What makes medical writing hard to read? Is it complex science or complex grammar? This book shows how to keep good science but avoid complex grammar. It describes the symptoms of medicus incomprehensibilis, those over-used writing habits that tend to make medical writing hard to read. It shows how to treat each symptom using a proven plain English writing tip. Each tip is easy to apply and comes with exercises. The exercises are based on excerpts from articles published in leading medical journals. Model revisions vastly improve reading ease and grade level. The book looks at medical writing from three angles. Concept 1, Take charge of your reading ease score, shows how to manage reading ease. Concept 2, Write vividly, shows how to write more vividly by focusing on real world objects and actions. Concept 3, Present logical reasoning clearly, gives tips on how to choose a clear narrative pathway and forge a strong chain of logical reasoning. This book is a must for anyone who writes about medical science. The ability to express complex ideas in simple language is not a remedial skill. Rather, it can only be seen as a sign of mastery.

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Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists Reviews

Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists is a very instructional text for anybody involved in biomedical research struggling with delivering their findings to the general scientific community and beyond. This book makes tremendous inroads in simplifying the task of communicating complex science void of complexities of grammar. Thus, it makes a unique contribution to biomedical sciences by providing instruction for quick dissemination of knowledge which ultimately may result in prevention of illness and discovery of cures. * Dr. Darko Stefanovski, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania *
Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists is a much needed contribution to the scientific/technical writing world. This a very practical how-to manual with examples and practice formats. It successfully makes the case for writing scientific works in plain English while maintaining scientific integrity. A must read for any writer who desires to have their work read and understood by a wider audience. * Janice L. Bernick, Ph.D., FNP-BC *
A shiningly original and singularly accessible wordsmanship work on diagnosing and curing 'medicus incomprehensibilis'. This is a widespread medical writing disease that the authors have finally successfully addressed. This how-to book is just what the doctor ordered or soon should. Full disclosure: social science doctors like myself appear to also have contracted the disease as well and could use this cure. * Dr. Robert Lippens, Former International Economist for the Former Chrysler and Daimler-Chrysler Corp. *
This small book will eventually set the standard for all publications that seek to reach a wide, international scientific audience. The book makes it very difficult to do other than marvel at how easy it actually is to write highly readable material. I congratulate all the authors... they have performed a tremendous service to the bio-medical community. * Raymond Boston, Professor of Applied Biomathematics, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania *

About Oscar Linares

Oscar Linares, MD is a Cuban-born internist and geriatrician. He studied mathematical modeling under Dr. Loren Zech, a senior scientist at the National Institutes of Health. He is an experienced medical researcher and author of over 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles. David Daly is a lawyer experienced in drafting and negotiating international automotive contracts in plain English. He has won three awards from the State Bar of Michigan for clear legal writing. He has worked with Dr. Linares to write medical articles, medical opinions, and legal briefs in medical cases in plain English. Gertrude Daly is a technical writer and editor.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Preface Introduction a. Why bother to write in plain English? b. What do we mean by plain English? c. Medicus incomprehensibilis d. Using the tips in your writing e. Notes on the exercises Concept 1 - Take charge of your reading ease score a. Flesch reading ease & Flesch-Kincaid grade level tests b. WSEG scores - How we track key reading ease data 1. Use normal sentence length a. Keep sentence length 15 words average, 25 words maximum b. Keep the subject and verb close together in the first seven or eight words c. Put the main point first. Then give commentary, detail or support 2. Prefer the short word a. Keep essential scientific terms; minimize other long words b. Cite a common medical term once to avoid confusion c. Write a compound word to promote reading ease and show how you pronounce it d. Omit any unnecessary word ending e. Avoid the noun string f. Don't be afraid to start a sentence with

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Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists by Oscar Linares
Oscar Linares
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