Medical Correspondence in English Journals since 1665. Letters to the Editor

Pauline Webber


This study traces the development of letters publiched in medical journal from 1665 until today from a linguistic and scientific viewpoint and considers some of the advantages offered by the letter format. The original letter type has evolved into tro separate sub-genres, one resembling the short scientific report, the other more personal and informal. Letters thus offer the scientist something more than a mere academic instrument for keeping abreast of the times.


Key words: Medical Journals - English Journals - Letters - Medical Profession

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