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BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:342
  1. Jocalyn Clark (, editorial registrar
  1. BMJ

    Guidance for medical writers makes much of the distinctions between British and American English. Not surprisingly, the BMJ emphasises the need for British, not American, spelling ( The Economist seems particularly put off by Americanisms and says so in its excellent style guide (

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