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Writing, Speaking, and Communication Skills for Health Professionals 1st Edition

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"I'd like to put a copy in the hands of all my students and housestaff." -- Abraham Verghese, M.D., author of My Own Country and The Tennis Partner

"Rich with examples, this book is timely and up-to-date. The authors bring great experience, talent, and creativity to their material." -- Steven Schwaitzberg, New England Medical Center, Tufts University

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St. James is manager of editorial services, pharmaceutical division, Bayer Corporation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300088620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300088625
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a recent MD graduate and I always wondered how I could improve on my writing and communicating skills. Let's face it, we are all very good to have gotten through medschool but at the same time we all have room for improvements!
This book shows you how to write better and more effectively, too. Also, a great section deals with presentations and how to make them more understandable to the audience.
There are great chapters dealing with publications and how to write good and clear scientific articles. This is great for all of us who strive for more publications! I always wondered how some medical articles were so unclear; I guess those guys didn't read this book!
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I feel that Writing, Speakng, & Communicating for Health Professionals was a very educational book. As for being a Dental Hygienist, i feel that this book helped me organize and gather my thoughts in a meeting. I feel that the chapter on effective communication was written exceptionally. The book gave great detail on how to improve communication skills in a health setting, and i believe that the writers did an exceptional job doing it. The chaper on how to speak effectively was very knowledgeable and informational. I like how the book explained every step by step in order to improve something, whether it be speaking, reading, or planning an effective meeting. I feel that this book will help others in any Health Profession to learn some tips to be more comfortable in the Health setting. This book is exceptional for helping in team and group communication. Each chapter helps one stay more relaxed and calm once knowing some simple tips for success. The only compliants that I had dealing with the book was it was too long and elaborate. I feel thatthe book did not need so much information. Otherwise, I do recommed Writing, Speaking, & Communicating for other Health Professionals. The book enabled me to prepare a speech that dealt with team and group communication. This book is very educatonal for a manager that has to put together their first meeting. Also this book is exceptional for a health professional that is just starting off in their profession. It teachs any health professionals the basic steps that they may have not already learned. This book was comprehendable and educational for readers. Writing, Speaking, & Communicating taught me the ways to achieve success as a group. It helps one realize that everyone can come together with their talents as a group and have things be completed more effectively.
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Communication in general is probably the most important skill, which is only insufficiently taught during medical school. Even though communication is of central importance not only for the daily clinical work, but also for teaching and research. Professional communication allows cooperating partners to find the necessary common ground: it certainly is not everything, but without effective communication nothing will be achieved.

Even the most important research will not be recognized without sufficient communication of its results to the general public. The quality of teaching depends largely on excellent communication skills. Similarly, maintaining the highest quality of care is unthinkable without perfect communication between all providers in academic and community hospitals, as well as those in private practice.

This book should be provided free of charge to all medical students on their first day of medical school! Even experienced colleagues or academic teachers may still benefit from reading it. Especially the chapter "The difference between teachers and true teachers" stands out in this respect. It contains important "pearls", as the Americans like to say. An illustrative excerpt: "True teachers also distinguish themselves by their attitude. Their curiosity, caring, enthusiasm, interest, wonder, persistence and concern are far better exemplified than explained."
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