Health Writer's Handbook / Edition 2

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Overview

Barbara Gastel, physician and acclaimed medical journalist, has prepared an expanded, enhanced second edition of Health Writer's Handbook. Fully updated, the latest edition of this trusted handbook has grown by nearly 100 pages, solidifying its reputation as a "practical guide packed with specifics on how to write about health intelligently and with sensitivity" (Nieman Reports). Examples of exemplary health writing now abound with insightful annotated comments. "Medical Reporting for the Electronic Media" (contributed by Tom Linden, M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) addresses health reporting for television, radio, and the Internet. Also new to this edition is coverage of legal matters in the retitled "Ethical and Legal Issues" chapter. Journalistic exercises bring chapters to a close giving the reader opportunities to apply the principles presented. Health Writer's Handbook, Second Edition is a reference guide and textbook all in one, invaluable to experienced health writers looking to improve their writing and to students beginning their study in medical journalism.

Practical guidance for writing for general readers, incl. sensitivity/style, career options, useful WWW sites, awards.

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Offers practical guidance to current and prospective health writers, oriented to print media in the US. Part I covers finding topics and information, with chapters on medical periodicals, government and other institutional sources, interviewing, and online resources. Part II deals with preparing the piece, with material on evaluating information, genres of health writing, and writing technique. Part III discusses key realms, presenting risk, and ethical issues, and Part IV describes career options, professional organizations, and educational opportunities. Includes annotated examples of health writing, and lists useful Internet sites, toll-free numbers, and professional organizations. Also includes b&w cartoons. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813812533
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/20/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Contents:.

Introduction.

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.

Index

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