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The Doctor in the Newsroom

The Doctor in the Newsroom Fortunately, people like John Hersey and Truman Capote have not tried to write articles for so-called learned or professional journals. Authors writing for such journals need a special kind of gamesmanship, and Hersey and Capote just don't have it. Neither did Winston Churchill. The rules of journal composition are few but they are rigidly enforced. The first is the rule of elongation. It demands that the simple thought be expressed in complex terms. Under this rule, an educator describes a conversation as "an interpersonal oral communication," a psychologist refers to dislike as "a negative affective response," a communications theorist calls a club "a social organization in which people cooperate to accomplish specific goals," a surgeon speaks of an operation as "surgical intervention." The second rule is to put first things last. Under this rule, the results of an investigation are kept secret as long as possible. By reviewing the literature, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

The Doctor in the Newsroom

JAMA , Volume 196 (1) – Apr 4, 1966

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1966 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1966.03100140126034
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Abstract

Fortunately, people like John Hersey and Truman Capote have not tried to write articles for so-called learned or professional journals. Authors writing for such journals need a special kind of gamesmanship, and Hersey and Capote just don't have it. Neither did Winston Churchill. The rules of journal composition are few but they are rigidly enforced. The first is the rule of elongation. It demands that the simple thought be expressed in complex terms. Under this rule, an educator describes a conversation as "an interpersonal oral communication," a psychologist refers to dislike as "a negative affective response," a communications theorist calls a club "a social organization in which people cooperate to accomplish specific goals," a surgeon speaks of an operation as "surgical intervention." The second rule is to put first things last. Under this rule, the results of an investigation are kept secret as long as possible. By reviewing the literature,

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 4, 1966

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