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How to Write a Review Article

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The review article, often the first effort of the beginning writer, remains a fundamental model for the medical writer. Thus, the aspiring author needs to know who writes, who publishes, and who reads review articles. In addition to the familiar article based on disease diagnosis and therapy, there are some special types: the literature review, systematic review and meta-analysis, and evidence-based clinical review. The chapter ends with a list of mistakes often made in writing review articles.


  • Review article
  • Planning
  • First steps
  • Literature review
  • Systematic review
  • Meta-analysis
  • Evidence-based clinical review
  • Mistakes

To write an article of any sort is, to some extent, to reveal ourselves. Hence, even a medical article is, in a sense, something of an autobiography.

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Taylor, R.B. (2018). How to Write a Review Article. In: Medical Writing. Springer, Cham.

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