Writing High-Quality Medical Publications: A User's Manual

Writing High-Quality Medical Publications: A User's Manual

English | 2019 | ISBN-10: 113855880X | 506 Pages | PDF | 43.76 MB

The imperative to "publish and not perish" has never been more compelling. Yet millions of manuscripts are prepared each year without a clear path to publication by a peer-reviewed medical journal. Enter "The Gutkin Manual." Drawing from the author's distinguished, nearly 30-year career, this comprehensive and supportive guide helps to get your paper accepted-and by the journal of first choice. Elucidating pivotal principles of quality, and biostatistics, and informed by the belief that your writing can be engaging, elegant, and memorable-no matter how technical and complex the subject matter, this volume can be your trustworthy companion as you seek to enhance both the structure and substance of your manuscripts

The "Gutkin Manual"- setting the standard for medical writing

Everything about Writing High-Quality Medical Publications raises the bar on what a user's guide should be. It's not only a compendium of the nitty-gritty, but a navigation aide to the medical writer's highest mission. The author, Stephen W. Gutkin, reaches for the North Star of professionalism here. . .and wants his readers to find their way there as well. Here's a writer taking you beyond the perfunctory and the merely informational-though you get an array of helpful organizational tools and checklists to optimize manuscript quality and useful reference material. But, in ways rarely found, this eponymous "Gutkin Manual" gives both the novice and veteran medical writer crucial insights on a writer's first principle: to write convincingly with utmost credibility. It's an "art and science," as Gutkin puts it, and he tours us through an interesting professional landscape-from how to handle the basics of submitting a paper to a peer-reviewed journal to organizing a study and testing an hypothesis to keeping the integrity of the process in an especially-fraught and ruthlessly competitive commercial enterprise with many points-of-view to juggle.

Gutkin might suggest I leave out this phrase at the end of this sentence, which borders on the banal, but one thing is true: A writer's manual inevitably calls upon a reviewer to say a thing or two about the writing. Gutkin-witty, deft, wielding an eclectic vocabulary-holds his readers' attention with linguistic legerdemain. He's masterly on so many topics-from complex biostatistical tests to ethical transparency. He's careful to include choice insights into the gravitas of clarity. Just appreciate this deceptively simple question he asks of his readers in his section on conclusions: What is the single statement that will convey the most lasting meaning? We can also watch over Gutkin's shoulder as he re-writes prolix selections from published works, showing you the importance of keeping that editing scalpel close at hand. And, finally, the book is peppered with quotable nuggets he's collected over the years that, frankly, make enjoyment one of this book's key attributes-beyond its status as (likely) the best existing overview to medical writing. You just don't expect bon mots from John Updike and Henry David Thoreau and the Beatles, but that is what you get in the "Gutkin manual." In the end, it rises above being just a user's manual to being an remarkable guide to a complex, evolving profession that demands extraordinary verbal skill, analytical acumen, scientific understanding, and marketplace savvy. The book deserves a place on every medical writing professional's bookshelf. But more than that, it deserves underlining, marginalia, dog-earing, and, perhaps, that occasional re-reading to remind the medical-writing professional just how his or her chosen craft can be done at its best. If I were you, I'd buy one for myself and send another to a colleague.

Jeff Girion

About the Author
Stephen W. Gutkin is a medical communications professional who has 30 years of experience in medical writing, editing, and editorial management, and publication planning and execution. A coauthor of 14 papers in peer-reviewed journals, Mr. Gutkin served as President of Rete Biomedical Communications Corp. for 23 years, during which the organization consulted widely with industry and academia. A summa cum laude graduate of Duke University, Mr. Gutkin served as arts critic for the Brooklyn Paper; research scientist for a toxicology laboratory that also assayed psychiatric biomarkers; and as copy chief with McGraw-Hill Healthcare (New York). He has delivered invited lectures on medical writing at Johnson & Johnson and the Center for Business Intelligence (now CBINET). Mr. Gutkin is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Medical Writers Association, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and The Phi Beta Kappa. He resides in Midland Park New Jersey, with his wife, son, and colorful pet managerie.

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