Biomedical Research: How to plan, publish and present it by William F. Whimster MA, MD (Cantab), FRCP (Lond), FRCPath

By William F. Whimster MA, MD (Cantab), FRCP (Lond), FRCPath (auth.)

It is a different excitement to be invited to organize a quick Foreword to Biomedical study: the best way to plan, submit and current it, via William F. Whimster. 90 years have elapsed in view that T. Clifford Allbutt, the Regius Professor of Physic on the college of Cambridge, released his c1assic paintings of 1904 Notes at the Composition of medical Papers. Small in measurement, yet deep in knowledge, it continues to be a remarkably precious, if a little bit outdated, e-book, nonetheless weIl worthy interpreting. for the reason that 1904, and especially within the final 25 years, there was an avalanche of books on clinical variety. Medawar has aptly saw that "most scientists don't know the way to write, insofar as sort betrays I' homme meme, they write as though they hated writing and wish­ ed not anything greater than to have performed with it. " Whimster's ebook has a broader aim than so much of this style. not like Allbutt, who used to be addressing basically those that have been writing their theses to acquire the MD, Whimster writes for the younger scientific scientists who're making plans and writing up an account in their examine, both for pub­ lication in clinical journals, or for presentation of the medical fabric at conferences. Whimster, a scientist and an skilled lengthy­ time period technological know-how editor, has written an up to date model of an prior and intensely profitable quantity, study, how one can Plan, converse and Write approximately It, edited by way of C. Hawkins and M. Sorgi.

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It has nevertheless been the principle biomedical research method of the naturalists and physicians of previous centuries, and a large proportion of our knowledge comes from it even today, particularly in epidemiological research and in the laboratory and imaging departments. As my father used to say, "many more misunderstandings come from not observing than from not knowing"; organised and focused observing is still a valuable research tool. Although few newcomers to research are likely to start off with an epoch-making original observation, the original observations usually lead to further observational research which newcomers or their supervisors may appreciate the need for; this has to be carefully planned, not least because others in your "invisible college" (Chapter 17), are likely to have the same research idea.

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