What Every Medical Writer Needs to Know

Questions and Answers for the Serious Medical Author

  • Robert B. Taylor

Table of contents

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About this book


This book presents must-know facts generally not covered in “How To” books about medical writing. Every medical writer, whether a beginner or veteran, needs answers to questions many might not even know to ask. How does your personality type influence your writing behavior, and what can you do to make writing easier for you? What should you ask before agreeing to co-author an article for publication or write a book chapter? What are some of the current issues regarding copyright and plagiarism that authors may face? What has research discovered about the quotations and references found in journal articles? What do you need to know about open access journals and predatory publishers? Dr. Taylor tells some surprising truths about medical publishing, including possible sources of peer review bias and some alarming influences on what ends up in print. He also relates little-known stories about renowned medical writers such as Sir William Osler, William Carlos Williams, and Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and the origins of some of medicine’s classic publications.


What Every Medical Writer Needs to Know provides information vital for every health care professional who aspires to write for others to read: academicians and practicing physicians; nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants; and professional medical and scientific writers.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Robert B. Taylor
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  1. 1.Department of Family and Community MedicineEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-20263-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-20264-8
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