"Go write it up!" said your mentor, sending you off with a pile of data and references (or maybe just an idea). Now what? Let this book be your friend and guide, an electronic version of the senior colleague down the hall who answers your writing questions. This book will help health care professionals through their first efforts at medical writing. Focusing on all aspects of submission of manuscripts to medical journals, it is designed to answer questions that many budding authors have. "Medical Writing" starts with the assumption that you have clinical material or data ready to submit for publication in a journal and takes you through the entire process. It provides a practical, systematic approach that has served me well. It includes material on editorial review, and the role of the editorial board. It is designed to serve as a handy reference and supplement to more comprehensive texts. This book is enriched by references to more than 40 authoritative Internet references within the text.
I am a woman, a surgeon, and a teacher of surgeons. I graduated from New York University College of Medicine in 1976 and completed my surgical residency there in 1981. I was one of the last physicians to train in the "old" Bellevue Hospital. At that time, very few women entered general surgery. I have spent my life in academic surgery, operating and teaching others the science and art of surgery. When I was appointed Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Iowa in 1995, I was the second woman in the history of American Surgery to attain such a position. My textbooks all share the goal of teaching surgery in clear, lucid language. My most recent books, "A Few Small Moments" and "Beachcombings," are short story collections. I live in Iowa City with my husband.