At The Medical Editor, we edit every manuscript to the same high standards set forth by the American Medical Association.
We edit for sense, style, science, preferred usage, and correct grammar. We eliminate jargon. We change words to ensure consistency in tense and format. And we edit for proper spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.
The rules of English grammar take years to master. And remembering the conventions particular to science and medical writing can be daunting.
Thanks to your efforts, the letter was accepted at the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
Eric Prommer MD
Do you know the answers to these questions?
- According to the American Medical Association, should you spell out GVHD? What about HIPAA? How about HTML, HDL, and LDL? What about MRI or CT? (All of these must be spelled out on first mention except HTML.)
- Is it “classic symptoms” or “classical symptoms”? (It’s classic symptoms. Classical refers to the humanities or the fine or historical arts, as in classical music.)
- How old, precisely, are neonates or newborns, infants, children, adolescents, and adults? (Respectively, they are from birth to 1 month of age, children aged 1 month to 1 year, persons aged 1 to 12 years, persons aged 13 through 17 years, and persons aged 18 years and older.)
- And what about P values? Is the correct form P = 0.05? Or P=.05? Or p=.05? Or P = .05? Or is it p=0.05? (P = .05 is the correct form.)
When it comes to American Medical Association style, don’t guess. Don’t leave to chance what should be done by an expert medical editor.
At The Medical Editor, we have been editing to American Medical Association style for more than 25 years.
So, if you still sometimes write that animals are sacrificed instead of killed; if you refer to your lab instead of your laboratory; or if you write about your patient’s ruptured lumbar disc, instead of his ruptured lumbar disk—then you need to send your manuscripts to us.
Because we know.