4 Technical Issues in Medical Writing

  • Robert B. Taylor


Some of the “striving and agony and delay” described by Fishbein can be related to the technical aspects of medical writing, including the preparation of tables and figures (aka illustrations), perseverating over borrowed materials and copyright issues, and corralling herds of reference citations. In contrast to the past three chapters, which have covered the concept and prose aspects of medical writing, this chapter addresses some nuts-and-bolts issues you will face. Do not, however, think that constructing tables and figures is any less creative than composing words and sentences; in fact, developing these supplements to the text may be the most innovative part of writing your article. Other practical issues—such as copyright, permissions, and reference citations—may become important as you seek publication of your work.


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Figures 4.1 to 4.5 are from Taylor RB. Family medicine: principles and practice. 6th ed. New York: Springer-Verlag; 2003. I am indebted to the contributing authors who created these figures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine Mail Code FMOregon Health & Science University School of MedicinePortlandUSA

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