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Scientific Writing: Easy When You Know How 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

This comprehensive and practical book covers the basics of grammar as well as the broad brush issues such as writing a grant application and selling to your potential audience. The clear explanations are expanded and lightened with helpful examples and telling quotes from the giants of good writing. These experienced writers and teachers make scientific writing enjoyable.

About the Author

Contributions to research Dr Peat has made a number of valuable contributions to research including: * During her PhD studies, a fruitful collaboration with Dr Euan Tovey led to ground-breaking research into the link between allergen exposure and asthma in children * Dr Peat Identified the major risk factors for asthma, which culminated in the establishment of the Childhood Asthma Prevention Study (CAPS) in 1997, an internationally significant, randomised controlled trial, to test methods of asthma prevention in early childhood Career highlights As a senior researcher, Dr Peat was responsible for managing the epidemiology team at the Woolcock Institute for Medical Research. In 1996, Dr Peat became the Hospital Statistician at Westmead Children s Hospital. In 2000, she became an Associate Professor in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health of the University of Sydney. Dr Peat then worked part-time as Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public Health, the Centre for Health Service Delivery and the Centre for Obesity Research at the University of Wollongong. Since 2004 has been an Adjunct Professor with the School of Paediatric Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University NSW. She is also a consultant statistician with the Sydney Children s Clinical Trials Centre at Sydney Children s Hospital, the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Children s Hospital at Westmead, and the Research Office at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.

Elizabeth Elliott spent the early part of her life growing up on an island off the coast of Maine. She writes, "From an early age I stood by my mother's chair and in her doorway and watched her paint. How could it not seem completely natural for me to have a pencil in my hand and write? (I still have an encyclopedia I wrote in 1942 when I was ten.) I am the lucky child of four unusual creative parents that were deeply involved in the world (two step-parents were acquired shortly after the end of the war). I asked my father, who had dedicated his life to improve the world once if he thought he'd gotten anywhere. He said he thought of himself as a Johnny Appleseed, dropping seeds of fruitful new ideas that would gradually be picked up, planted and grown. Since then nothing has arisen to deter my love of people, and my love of writing poetry. Unremitting care for the world is my passion. So at the age of 75, having received only rejections for my poetry, I decided to publish my own books, using covers of my own choosing, and writing on the subjects of my life: children and human issues, love and politics, religion and the arts --the world I experience all around me every day so I can share it with my readers." Today Elizabeth still resides on the island off the Maine coast, but also spends her time in the hills of western Massachusetts and the islands of the Florida Keys with her wonderful poetry reading, history minded, art imbued husband. Elizabeth once said that she could feel a poem begin in her core and travel up within her body, down her arm, and out onto the page. And the results, the books she has published and are yet to be published, describe the conflict men and women find in ourselves and with each other, nature, our purpose and goals, our beliefs, and also the hope and healing we find in our spirit as we are transformed by the passage of time.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: BMJ Books; 1 edition (August 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727916254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727916259
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read the classic "How to write and publish a scientific paper" from Robert A. Day, before this one. I find Peat's book more usefull, because it drives you through the whole publication process. Structure of each section of a paper is widely described, and what is more important substructure within each section. The book also includes a lot of usefull web resources and information about specific publication guidelines depending on study design (CONSORT, QUORUM,...).

The only thing I missed is the sense of humor of Day's Book, and maybe more examples about making good tables, charts and figures, although some general rules are included in the text.

It's a great book, maybe one of the best about scientific writing.
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3.5 stars
This book is heavily focused on writing clinical research including clinical research examples, with very little information specific to general research articles. Sections of the book focus on using the proper statistics (for clinical studies) data table design, and data organization, but had little to no information about generating other types of figures or writing non-clinical research articles.

This book also includes useful information about submitting your article, writing and responding to peer review, and having an article rejected. These sections were really more about getting published than actually writing. The short section on writing a post graduate dissertation did not include enough information to really be useful. Also, this is not a good recourse for specifics about grant writing.

The final sections of the book include information about actual writing, which didn't seem completely specific to scientific writing, but was all together useful. There are chapters on sentence structure, word choice, grammar, and punctuation. Each of these chapters contain numerous examples where example sentences are made more clear though the topic discussed in the chapter. Of course a lot of writing style even scientific writing is personal preference, so there are no hard and fast rules, but these sections give some good general advice and discuss many common word choice and grammar mistakes.

Overall, I found a lot of good suggestions and advice in this book, but it was also very dense and a little boring. The title and description suggested that the book would be about general scientific writing (many biomedical studies are not clinical trials or clinical studies), but the emphasis on clinical research left out important topics that would be useful to scientists writing other types of research papers.
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This is a very simple yet comprehensive introductory book to scientific writing by experienced clinicians in this field (three paediatricians & one statistician). The book covers in some detail (1) what scientific writing is & why it is important to publish, (2) how to get started & finish the paper and (3) how the journal process & publishing work. The book also covers very well writing style, grammar, word choice, punctuation & supporting systems. This is a very simple yet concise & useful guide to scientific writing step by step, from start to finish with an extensive bibliography to boot including useful websites, a highly recommended reading!
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Excellent resource which I have recommended to students and colleagues. When writers block strikes or looking for a starting formula dipping into this book helps make the path more clear. I also refer to the "companion" book Medical Statistics by Jennifer Peat - together these are always at hand when I want some practical advice. Not just what you should do but HOW to do it.
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