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WHAT MEDICINE MEANS TO ME
Year : 2007  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 169-178

What Medical Writing Means To Me


Medical writer, editor and trainer. Member, Ethics committees, BMJ and WAME; Council member, COPE, United Kingdom

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Elizabeth Wager
Sideview, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 9DE
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-1229.32161

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This is a personal account based on many years experience as a medical writer. It considers aspects of medical writing with particular focus on the intellectual and ethical dilemmas it can raise. What makes medical writing both so interesting and so challenging is the fact that it often takes place at the border between different disciplines. For example, it straddles both science and art. Ethical issues also arise at the boundaries between academia and commerce. Until recently there have been few guidelines to help navigate such potentially dangerous territory. I have been privileged to be involved in developing two such guidelines and I describe how I hope the Good Publication Practice guidelines for pharmaceutical companies and the European Medical Writers Association guidelines may improve the practice of this fascinating profession, Medical Writing.


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