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Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers

An engaging and effective nuts-and-bolts approach to scientific writing.,.".outstanding for its approach to the logic of presenting scientific work." - British Medical Journal review of first edition. Now revised and updated, this straightforward guide to biomedical writing helps authors understand both what a well-written scientific research paper is and how to create such a work. Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers, Second Edition, provides writers with specific, clear guidelines on word choice, sentence structure, and paragraph structure. In addition, it explains how to construct each section of a research paper, so that, ultimately, the paper as a whole tells a clear story and sends a clear message. New to This Edition! New examples from the current literature, including many involving molecular biology; Expanded exercises at the end of the book; Revised explanations on linking key terms, transitions clauses, uses of subheads, and emphases. The specific principles of effective biomedical writing are presented and explained, and then summarized in handy chapter checklists. Each section of the prototypical biomedical research paper is then systematically analyzed in terms of its function, content, organization, detail, and length. This section-by-section analysis covers the following: the introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, figures and tables, references, abstract, and title. Of special note: The book contains a full-length paper for readers to evaluate and revise in accordance with the book; book's principles and guidelines. Also from McGraw-Hill...Gehlbach: Interpreting the Medical Literature; Glantz: Primer of Biostatics Books and Software; Friedman: Primer of Epidemiology.
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Table of Contents

Preface. Credits. The Goal: Clear Writing. Section I: The Building Blocks of Writing. Chapter 1: Word Choice. Chapter 2: Sentence Structure. Chapter 3: Paragraph Structure. Section II: The Text of the Biomedical Research Paper. Chapter 4: The Introduction. Chapter 5: Materials and Methods. Chapter 6: Results. Chapter 7: Discussion. Section III: Supporting Information. Chapter 8: Figures and Tables. Chapter 9: References. Section IV: The Overview. Chapter 10: The Abstract. Chapter 11: The Title. Chapter 12: The Big Picture. Reaching the Goal: Suggestions for Writing. Revisions of Exercises. Literature Cited. Index.

About the Author

Mimi Zeiger, MA is at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California


"In summary, Zeiger's thoroughness, combined with the clarity of the examples used to illustrate each principle of clear writing, are the book's strengths. We recommend Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers to students, editors, and writers at all levels who want to master IMRAD format or learn techniques that will improve their writing."--American Medical Writers Association American Medical Writers Association 20010101

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