Peer review, the pub test and polyfontophilia...
The purpose behind this book was to produce a resource that doctors and other health professionals could keep near their desks and refer to whenever they came across a writing problem.
These problems, I reckoned, could range from how to get started - to the proper use of the semi-colon (advice: if you don't know how to use it, don't bother). The book includes sections on:
- peer review and rejection
- flabby phrases and the passive voice,
- co-authors, agents and pedants
It also enabled me to publish (and so claim ownership for) some of the terms I have coined over the years, such as polyfontophilia, putting on the posh overcoat, PIANO and the pub test.
Although the book was published nearly a quarter of a century ago, when we still wrote with pens and paper, I am pleased to see that much of the advice I gave still stands.