The pen is mightier than the swordBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7205.305 (Published 31 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:305
- Charles Essex
I had been qualified eight years before my first article was published. Over the next few years I got a handful of articles into print, mostly in the popular sections of the BMJ such as the Personal view column or the now defunct Materia non medica column. I even got paid £25 for a piece in another journal's Mea Culpa section. I thought that I might make a healthy living as a regular contributor to that column.
But I was getting too many rejection slips until I went on a weekend medical writing course. The medical journalist running the course …