Medical Writing Authors Amy Whereat

Amy Whereat
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Good Writing Practice - Volume 29, Issue 4

In addition to subject-verb misagreement in grammatical number, a misagreement in number is common between a subject and other sentence constituents, which appears in the experimental and contextual sections of a journal article.

Editorial - Writing for Patients - Volume 29, Issue 4

The first thing we must say is a huge “thank you” to Dr Juan Garcia Burgos and Mr Paul Blake for taking the time in an unprecedentedly manic year for the EMA to write a foreword for this issue of Medical Writing. The fact that they have prioritised…

Good Writing Practice - Volume 29, Issue 3

The misagreement in number (singular vs. plural) between subject and verb is caused by subject number ambiguity, either intrinsic (the subject itself) or extrinsic (the effect of subject modification).

Good Writing Practice - Volume 29, Issue 1

The absolute phrase contains a noun headword and a present participle.

Good Writing Practice - Volume 28, Issue 4

The repetition of a word becomes more distracting (i.e., redundant) in proportion to increased number. The word may be considered as individual (e.g., the’s in a title) or as a constituent of a larger syntactic unit (a phrase or clause).

Good Writing Practice - Volume 28, Issue 3

Excessive post-noun modification, usually as adjectival prepositional phrases, occurs fre - quently in research writing. Occurring less frequently, and less distracting, is excessive prenoun adjectival modification (i.e., stacked modifi cation). The…

When less is more: Medical writers as guardians of curated content - Volume 28, Issue 3

In this data-driven era, the type and format of publicly available medical and scientific information is significantly changing. Medical writers can serve as guardians of the information entering the public domain by ensuring accuracy and…

Good Writing Practice - Volume 28, Issue 2

Paragraph lengthiness and complexity cause a continuity inexplicity (discontinuity), which can be lessened by using forecasting and backcasting markers of the information pattern. Thus, omission of such continuity markers (e.g., a subheading)…

Good Writing Practice - Volume 28, Issue 1

Ellipsis is the absence of a portion of a syntactic unit in a stylistic effort to be succinct. For example, the ellipsis of that, in a noun clause occurring frequently in research writing, often is only a minor distraction (e.g., Smith hypothesised…

Good Writing Practice - Volume 27, Issue 4

Nominalisation is the transformation of a precise verb into another sentence constituent, usually a noun (nominalisation), sometimes an adjective (adjectivalisation). This syntactic transformation elicits the grammatical necessity to add…

Good Writing Practice - Volume 27, Issue 2

Backtracking distracts paragraph order by inducing re-reading previous text. Such backtracking is a more serious distraction when it occurs between sentences than within sentences, because the distance between a referent (pronoun or synonym) and its…

Good Writing Practice - Volume 27, Issue 1

Good Writing Practice - Volume 26, Issue 4

Conceptual component omission is a distraction to a content expert who expects specific argumentative conceptual components in the various sections of a journal article. As evidence, some of the components have become standardised in structured…

Good Writing Practice - Volume 26, Issue 3

Syntactic Structure - Inter-sentenceIncrementalism: SentencesInter-sentence incrementalism is an expansion of information, often secondary, into a sentence rather than a reduction of the information to a clause or phrase and incorporation (sentence…

EMWA News - Volume 26, Issue 3

In this issue, we are bringing to you many updates on different aspects relevant to our medical writing community. Tim Koder from Oxford PharmaGenesis introduces the Open Pharma project, which aims to promote and aid a faster and more transparent…

Good Writing Practice - Volume 26, Issue 2

Introduction Dissonant nonparallelism occurs in two patterns of comparison: the typical adjective-based pattern (x is similar to y; there is more x than y) and the less common correlative conjunction-based pattern (the more x…the more y). In this…

Structuring paragraphs - Volume 26, Issue 1

Paragraphs are meant to make a text understandable and readable, and to help tell the story. Key aspects of good paragraphs include using topic sentences and story structures. Starting with an outline or a planand using it to build to topic…

Medical Education - Volume 25, Issue 4

Medical education implies providing education or training of unbiased scientific or medical content. However, the reality is that medical education is now more a spectrum of educational activities that span from more promotional to purely…

Medical communication writers: Who are they and what do they do? - Volume 25, Issue 2

For many EMWA members, the meaning of medical communications is a bit hazy. In this issue, we have invited various medical communications specialists to explain who they are and what they do. Their articles will illustrate a few of the varied angles…

Lingua Franca and Beyond - Volume 24, Issue 3

Business models in the field of medical and regulatory writing – can you think of a more suitable topic for discussing: collaboration, team working, and sharing complementary skills across different native languages? In this issue of Medical…

Out On Our Own - Volume 24, Issue 2

Editorial All of us are aware by now that we can't live without technology and not only at work. With advice, aids, appliances and apps in abundance, we are at the point where we can't see the wood for the trees. Thank goodness we have advice from…

Writing publications for advisory boards - Volume 23, Issue 4

Medical communication publications are designed to raise awareness of medicines, cosmetics, and technology. These publications ensure that doctors are informed about the role of new and existing medicines and the literature concerning appropriate…

Out On Our Own - Volume 22, Issue 1

The fourth EMWA freelance business survey Introduction This fourth survey follows those conducted in 2003, 2007, and 2010.1–3 The first survey was conducted with a paper questionnaire distributed to both freelancers and small businesses…


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