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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This book covers the principles of writing for academic purposes and writing to help healthcare professionals in clinical practice settings. Readers with a firm grasp of basic grammar are guided through the fundamentals of writing papers, documentation, and writing research grants.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist allied health students to learn the principles of writing. The goal is worthwhile and these skills are needed by all students. The author met his objective.
Audience: The book is written primarily for students, but could be useful to professionals who are inexperienced writers. The author is a credible authority.
Features: The 12 chapters are grouped into three sections covering the writing process; writing for academic purposes; and writing for administrative purposes. The chapters address such topics as developing a draft of your ideas, using precise words, developing a professional style, creating essays, expository writing, and writing for publication. Helpful features include practical examples, case studies, and self-assessment inventories.
Assessment: This book should be on the suggested reading list for all students planning on writing for publication during or following their required course of study. It could also be a helpful reference for those planning on writing a thesis. The book is on par with other similar writing guides.