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Medical Style and Format: An International Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers

James Ransom, PhD
JAMA. 1987;258(13):1825. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400130139051.
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Dr Huth has prepared the best style guide ever made available to people who write or edit medical journal articles. So much of what he offers is also of daily use and interest to people who write or edit medical books that I would proclaim Medical Style and Format to be the standard reference for people who work in any capacity with medical writing— any capacity, including the proofreading capacity and the composition capacity and the electronic transmission and retrieval capacity.

There is not much the author has neglected to cover: how to write a citation for a map or computer program or abbreviate the reaches of time from s to y. There are useful sections on academic degrees and on how to divide words and spell words. I am happy to have authority for foramens and for rejecting and/or ("a lazy legalism") and to be freed forever of small


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