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Medical writing

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:0405218a
  1. Clare Hughes, final year medical student1
  1. 1Guy's, King's, and St Thomas's Medical School, London

Medical students and doctors are notorious for their poor writing skills and love of jargon. Even if you do not want to be a medical journalist, being able to write well is a useful skill.

Start with the basics-grammar and punctuation. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is on line at and simply explains grammatical principles and how to use punctuation correctly, using examples to illustrate common mistakes. It clarifies the correct use of commonly confused words such as which and that, and who and whom. The Effective Writing section explains the difference …

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