Medical Writing Writing for Lay Audiences English Grammar and Style

Volume 24, Issue 4 - Writing for Lay Audiences

English Grammar and Style


We continue Michael Schneir's fascinating series on distractions in medical and scientific writing, this time concentrating on non-pronoun-induced backtracking with adverbs, verbs, and nouns. This sounds a little fearsome, but the concepts are straightforward and, as ever, Michael gives us elegant solutions.


Sirisha Bulusu provides sound advice on the preparation of congress abstracts. This will be followed up by a second part in our next issue.


  1. Leventhal P, Reeves A. Help, I can't shorten my abstract! Oh yes you can (Part 1 of 2). Medical Writing 2012;21(3):239–242.
  2. Leventhal P, Reeves A. Help, I can't shorten my abstract! Oh yes you can (Part 2 of 2). Medical Writing 2012;21(4):314–316.



Writing for lay audiences
President's Message
Writing for lay audiences: A challenge for scientists
Patient education accessibility
Legislation and the lay audience: Challenges of communicating benefit and risk in the light of new regulations
Medical writing for two audiences – The RMP public summary
Layperson summaries of clinical trial results: Useful resources in the vacuum of regulatory guidance
Package leaflets for medication in the EU: The possibility of integrating patients’ perspectives in a regulated genre?
What do writers need to know about user testing?
Medical journalism: Another way to write about science
Elements of storytelling in medical journalism
A stroll through the medical blogosphere
Writing narrative style literature reviews
News from the EMA
Profile: An interview with Laura Carolina Collada Ali: On the peculiarities of working for independent research organisations
The Webscout
In the Bookstores
Regulatory Writing
Lingua Franca and Beyond
Gained in Translation
English Grammar and Style
Out On Our Own

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