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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 2 edition (October 21, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071345442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071345446
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

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An engaging and effective nuts-and-bolts approach to scientific writing. "...outstanding for its approach to the logic of presenting scientific work." - British Medical Journal review of first edition. Now revised and updated, this straightforward guide to biomedical writing helps authors understand both what a well-written scientific research paper is and how to create such a work. Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers, Second Edition, provides writers with specific, clear guidelines on word choice, sentence structure, and paragraph structure. In addition, it explains how to construct each section of a research paper, so that, ultimately, the paper as a whole tells a clear story and sends a clear message. New to This Edition! 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, transitions clauses, uses of subheads, and emphases. The specific principles of effective biomedical writing are presented and explained, and then summarized in handy chapter checklists. Each section of the prototypical biomedical research paper is then systematically analyzed in terms of its function, content, organization, detail, and length. This section-by-section analysis covers the following: the introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, figures and tables, references, abstract, and title. Of special note: The book contains a full-length paper for readers to evaluate and revise in accordance with the book;book's principles and guidelines. Also from McGraw-Hill...Gehlbach: Interpreting the Medical Literature; Glantz: Primer of Biostatics Books and Software; Friedman: Primer of Epidemiology.

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Its easy to follow, and has very useful examples.
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Full of hands-on techniques, methods, and exercises geared to analyzing and improving your writing.
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If you know how to write well, then this book will help you.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Bruce_in_LA on April 8, 2000
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This is an exceptional book. It walks the reader through all stages of writing a biomedical paper, and exemplifies the saying that "clear writing means clear thinking". Even after having written or co-written perhaps 40 biomedical papers and grants, I found this book an eye-opener. I've worked with some excellent writers and re-writers on biomed papers, but Zeiger's book lays out for all of us what some top writers may do by instinct. She starts with word choice, sentence structure, then alternative paragraph structures. She practically shows you the nature of language and thought. She goes through the right way to produce biomed papers - if you ever thought the great, efficient writers had a rule book -you- never got, THIS is the rule book. If you ever had an introduction that sounded like the abstract, or a results sections that was unwieldy, or a discussion section that seemed to repeat the introduction - Zeiger lays out the hidden rules that most people would want to follow. Following her rules, from sentence to paragraph to section, creates a paper that invokes an instinctive sense of clarity in the reader. Many times I had the "Aha!" feeling. The book should be very useful for all kinds of clear writing, including research grants. I never took one of those "scientific writing" classes because I felt smart and fluent and the classes seemed pedestrian. If those classes had used this book, I would have been way ahead to have discovered this information twenty years ago.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Sutton on April 12, 2002
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Mimi Zeiger has written a truly useful book about medical writing. Many specialized writing books are just collections of general writing rules in disguise.
This books focuses on mechanics and methods of writing specifically for the medical sciences. Full of hands-on techniques, methods, and exercises geared to analyzing and improving your writing.
I'm an experienced technical writer yet still found this book quite useful.
Five stars!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dutch_lad on October 20, 2005
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Very good book for beginners and experienced researchers! I haven't come across any other book that actually describes how you should write a biomedical paper. The only critique is that the examples used are too technical for non-biomedical researchers, this makes it hard to understand the examples. But even if you do not have a biomedical background you will learn a lot from this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wood on November 11, 2003
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Authoritative guide on how to write. I have never seen a more comprehensive book on how to write clearly and write well. I would give it 6 stars if I could. Even non-scientists should read this. (Having said that, though, scientists IN PARTICULAR should read this - hint, hint.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim P on January 3, 2007
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we used this book as part of a class i was taking. i am so glad that the professor picked this one out!

the beginning of the book gives you the building blocks, and the later chapters help you put it all together. i realized that a lot of people who help you with proofreading don't really look for some of the organizational items that the author stresses.

i reccommend this book for any graduate student, as well as anyone else who is looking to improve their writing. it might also be a good tool for mentors to use to work with their students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Olson on January 12, 2008
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This is an outstanding book on how to improve the writing of biomedical research papers. It is well organized, well presented and extremely helpful.

I bought several writing books at the same time and this one stands out because not only is it a "how-to" book, but it is a workbook and mostly consists of exercises. There is plenty of space in the book to do the exercises right in the book. This is extremely important, because you can read about the rules for improving your writing, but you really don't learn how to use them until you practice rewriting actual sentences.

Significantly, this book has dramatically improved my ability to edit my own papers, which has been one of my nagging writing weaknesses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shopper on November 6, 2008
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I am a graduate student and had a difficult time writing my first paper. I bought this book and it clarified all the hidden rules that you are "supposed to just know." Buy this book, then set aside time to actually read it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo on June 10, 2013
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The book make the process to make a paper so easy. You can use it for another subject like computers science papers.
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