Daniel Sokol, lawyer and medical ethicist, has just been shortlisted for the ‘Best Columnist of the Year (Consumer Media)’ award at the PPA Awards 2018 (“the Oscars of the UK publishing industry”). In 2015, Daniel won ‘Best Column’ at the UK Medical Journalists’ Association Awards. In this article, he gives aspiring medical columnist some tips for success.
Had The Lancet not published their now retracted article, “Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children” by Andrew Wakefield et al. in 1998, perhaps we wouldn’t be facing one of the most significant public health challenges of our time.
A free checklist to help you break down the art and science of clear health writing.
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Adding more detail is a small yet significant tweak that helps to improve the quality of your writing.
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Evidence-based advice to help you debunk health myths, correct misinformation and inspire behaviour change in your readers.
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Here’s how to tell a legitimate guest post request from a fake one – and how to deal with those annoying spammers once and for all.
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