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The rules

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:574
  1. Kieran Walsh, clinical editor (
  1. BMJ Learning

    “Dear Editor, I read with interest your reworking of my manuscript. Firstly here are a few things that you did well: you checked the spelling thoroughly and you did improve the grammar. Here's what you could have done better: it would have been better if you hadn't completely changed the tone and style and meaning of my sentences. Yours etc.”

    Pendleton's rules are rules that help trainers give balanced feedback to trainees.1 The idea is that, when giving feedback, learners and teachers should concentrate on the positive first and then say what they thought …

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