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Health Writer's Handbook


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Part I: Finding Topics and Information.

1. Some Basics.

2. Books and Periodicals.

3. Government, Associations, and Other Institutions.

4. Researchers, Clinicians, Patients, and Others.

5. Online Resources.

Part II: Preparing the Piece.

6. Evaluating Information.

7. Health-Writing Technique.

8. Genres of Health Writing.

9. Medical Reporting for the Electronic Media.

10. Sensitivity and Style.

11. Award Winners and Awards.

Part III: Exploring Issues and Areas.

12. Ethical and Legal Issues.

13. Covering Key Realms.

14. Presenting Risk.

Part IV: Pursuing a Career.

15. Career Options.

16. Professional Organizations.

17. Educational Opportunities.

References: Sources Cited; Sources of Additional Help or Perspective.


About the Author

BARBARA GASTEL, MD, has faculty appointments in medical humanities, veterinary medicine, and biotechnology at Texas A&M University, where she coordinates the graduate program in science journalism.

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