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Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers. Second Edition : Family Medicine - Mimi Zeiger

Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers. Second Edition

Family Medicine

Paperback Published: 1st October 1999
ISBN: 9780071345446
Number Of Pages: 464

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Provides immediate help for anyone preparing a biomedical paper by givin specific advice on organizing the components of the paper, effective writing techniques, writing an effective results sections, documentation issues, sentence structure and much more. The new edition includes new examples from the current literature including many involving molecular biology, expanded exercises at the end of the book, revised explanations on linking key terms, transition clauses, uses of subheads, and emphases. If you plan to do any medical writing, read this book first and get an immediate advantage.

"In summary, Zeiger's thoroughness, combined with the clarity of the examples used to illustrate each principle of clear writing, are the book's strengths. We recommend Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers to students, editors, and writers at all levels who want to master IMRAD format or learn techniques that will improve their writing."--American Medical Writers Association American Medical Writers Association 20010101

Prefacep. ix
Creditsp. xi
The Goal: Clear Writingp. 1
The Purpose of This Bookp. 1
Reasons for Writing Clearlyp. 2
The Scope of This Bookp. 3
The Approach Taken in This Bookp. 3
An Overview of the Main Principles of Writing Presented in This Bookp. 4
Using This Bookp. 7
The Building Blocks of Writingp. 9
Word Choicep. 11
Principles of Word Choicep. 12
Words Carelessly Interchangedp. 16
Words Carelessly Interchangedp. 17
Sentence Structurep. 22
Express the Core of the Message in the Subject, Verb, and Completerp. 22
Express the Core of the Message in the Subject, Verb, and Completerp. 27
Avoid Noun Clustersp. 30
Untangling Noun Clustersp. 32
Write Short Sentencesp. 33
Overloaded Sentencesp. 35
Use Clear Pronounsp. 36
Clear Pronounsp. 39
Put Parallel Ideas in Parallel Formp. 40
Parallelism in Sentencesp. 46
Parallelism in Comparisonsp. 47
Avoid Writing Flawsp. 48
Paragraph Structurep. 51
Organizationp. 51
Topic Sentences and Supporting Sentencesp. 56
Continuityp. 58
Repeating Key Terms Exactly and Earlyp. 64
A Lumped Transport Model to Determine Resin Capacity as a Function of Bed Height and Flow Ratep. 64
Linking Key Termsp. 69
Repeating and Linking Key Termsp. 70
The Value of Transitionsp. 73
Transition Phrasesp. 76
Transition Clausesp. 80
Keeping a Consistent Point of View and a Consistent Orderp. 88
Signaling Subtopicsp. 95
Parallel Form and Signaling Subtopicsp. 96
Emphasisp. 98
Condensingp. 102
Summary of Guidelines for Paragraph Structurep. 103
The Text of The Biomedical Research Paperp. 105
The Introductionp. 107
Functionsp. 107
Story Linep. 107
Content for Hypothesis-Testing Papersp. 107
Organization for Hypothesis-Testing Papersp. 108
Writingp. 113
Lengthp. 119
Content and Organization for Descriptive Papersp. 119
Content and Organization for "Methods Papers"p. 120
Detailsp. 120
Summary of Guidelines for Introductions of Hypothesis-Testing Papers and of Descriptive Papersp. 122
Introductionsp. 123
Materials and Methodsp. 127
Functionp. 127
Story Linep. 127
Contentp. 128
Organizationp. 135
Lengthp. 138
Detailsp. 138
Summary of Guidelines for the Materials and Methods Sectionp. 143
A Clearly Written Methods Sectionp. 146
Content and Organization in the Methods Sectionp. 151
Resultsp. 154
Functionsp. 154
Story Linep. 154
Contentp. 155
Organizationp. 156
Emphasisp. 160
Lengthp. 165
Detailsp. 165
Summary of Guidelines for Resultsp. 168
Resultsp. 170
Resultsp. 174
Discussionp. 176
Functionsp. 176
Story Linep. 176
Contentp. 176
Organizationp. 183
Lengthp. 199
Subheadingsp. 199
Summary of Guidelines for Discussionsp. 201
Following the Story in a Discussionp. 203
Message and Story in the Discussionp. 211
Supporting Informationp. 221
Figures and Tablesp. 223
Figuresp. 223
Tablesp. 238
Telling a Storyp. 250
Summary of Guidelines for Figures and Tablesp. 253
Design of Figures and Tables and Their Relation to the Textp. 258
Table Design and Relation to the Textp. 259
Referencesp. 260
Purposesp. 260
Selecting Referencesp. 260
Accuracyp. 261
Incorporating References Into the Textp. 262
Systems for Citing Referencesp. 264
Summary of Guidelines for Referencesp. 266
The Overviewp. 267
The Abstractp. 269
Functionp. 269
Abstracts of Hypothesis-Testing Papersp. 269
Abstracts of Descriptive Papersp. 275
Abstracts of Methods Papersp. 286
Indexing Termsp. 289
Abstracts for Meetingsp. 290
Summary of Guidelines for Abstractsp. 294
Abstractsp. 297
The Titlep. 300
Functionsp. 300
Content of Titles for Hypothesis-Testing Papersp. 300
Content of Titles for Descriptive Papersp. 302
Content of Titles for Methods Papersp. 303
Hallmarks of a Good Titlep. 305
Detailsp. 311
Running Titlesp. 311
Summary of Guidelines for Titlesp. 314
Titlesp. 317
The Big Picturep. 319
Checklist for the Big Picturep. 319
Seeing the Big Picturep. 324
Reaching The Goal: Suggestions For Writingp. 340
Writing the First Draftp. 340
Revising: Using the Checklistsp. 342
The Rewards of Clear Writingp. 342
Revisions of Exercisesp. 345
Literature Citedp. 429
Words Explained in the Textp. 433
Indexp. 435
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ISBN: 9780071345446
ISBN-10: 0071345442
Series: Family Medicine
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.3 x 21.6  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 1.05
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised