Word smithing in medical genetics. Part II

Authors

  • M. Michael Cohen Jr.

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    1. Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, 5981 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 1W2, Canada.
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  • How to Cite this Article: Cohen Jr. MM. 2012. Word smithing in medical genetics. Part II. Am J Med Genet Part A 161A:1–3.

  • This article is dedicated to my Fellow, Angela M. Castro, MD

Abstract

Terminology discussed here is subsumed under “common misused terms in medical genetics articles” (depressed nasal bridge; anophthalmia; rotated ears; low-set ears; heterotopia; ASD as an abbreviation for autism spectrum disorders; mental retardation; “radiographs revealed something”; and new syndrome) and also subsumed under “erroneous terminology that persists at the editorial and publishing level” (failure to understand the possessive case of names ending in “s”; failure to understand that a comma should not be used before Jr; problematic use of numbers in reference sections; failure to italicize Latin phrases; failure to honor book titles that begin words with upper case letters; omitting the corresponding author; and inadequate citation of foreign languages). © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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