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I am a retired medical doctor. I have spent 25 years in the NHS and Private practice working in a number of different capacities and jobs.
Of relevance to my current writing, I have written four internationally published research papers, one of which won the Blue Ribband top accolade from the 850 papers published at the SAE conference in Detroit.
I have spent many years both setting and marking degree level nursing examination papers, so I am fully conversant with the current nursing syllabus requirements.
I have been an academic all my professional life holding lectureships at three different UK universities but also enjoy the face to face contact of clinical medicine so I can bring a wealth of practical clinical experience to my writing.
I also write on all medical topics as well as general science, but have an interest in biological science in particular.
I have a particular clinical interest in sports medicine and sports physiology having been a visiting lecturer at Loughborough University for many years.
Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine at London University
MB , BS, LRCP, MRCS, DRCOG, MRCGP, Dip Sports Med
Experience & Skills:
I have experience in all fields of clinical medicine with a specific specialist interest in Anatomy, Sports injuries and back problems.
I have worked as a consultant researcher at the Institute of Consumer Ergonomics on a number of original research projects in various scientific areas, particularly those involving injuries from Road Traffic Accidents
I have skills in clinical medicine, research writing and publication, academic writing, nursing-related topics, sports medicine, anatomy & physiology. Science in general Surgery in particular
A good writer and good writing are not necessarily qualities that go hand in hand. There are many elements that, collectively, go to make up a good piece of writing. Clearly it depends on the underlying purpose of the writing as to whether it is judged to be good or bad. Literary prose may be excellent for conveying images, colours, textures and moods, but is next to useless if employed to answer a chemistry examination paper. The style employed for scientific research writing is clearly useless for telling a good story. In short, good writing should be judged against how well it fulfils the purpose for which it is intended.
A good writer may be good if judged in terms of an academic piece of work or perhaps a literary piece, but a Good Writer has the ability to adapt his writing style to the nature of the piece that he is writing at the time. There are, of course, subsidiary issues that may well colour one's judgement such as whether the question has been fully and succinctly answered, whether the grammar is correct and whether the syntax and word choice is appropriate for the nature of the piece in question. A Good Writer will consistently be able to produce work which will pass on all these criteria.
After I retired from active clinical work I did not simply wish to 'vegetate,' I still enjoy the metal exercise of researching and answering a variety of academic questions.
My experience both as a clinician as well as an examiner (question setter and marker) gives me an excellent working insight into the academic exam system at University level and I like the philosophical challenge of writing exemplar answers for students willing to learn.
See my answer above.
In essence, they need to be well versed in all aspects of their subject, have a wide breadth of knowledge which is backed up by a bank of appropriate topical references. They need to be versatile in a number of different writing styles, competent in colloquial and academic English and also to have the ability to tailor what they believe to be correct to the client's particular demands.
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