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Br J Gen Pract. 2008 June 1; 58(551): 436.
PMCID: PMC2418999

Plain English

Andrew Bolton, a very successful fund manager, advises that whenever you plan to buy a stock, try to explain the reason for your choice in a few simple sentences that your teenage children can understand.

I have recently applied this stratagem to the ‘conclusion’ section of BJGP original article summaries. Complete confusion ensues; the sentences are long and obfuscatory and the point/benefit of the research baffling to my children and myself.

Please try to use simple clearer English. If a research team cannot really explain simply what they are trying to do and why, ask for a revised draft. Does the College now have a in-house style that few ordinary jobbing GPs can understand?

NB enjoyed the Pickles Lecture1 and the ‘proper doctor’ vignette.2

REFERENCES

1. Hilton S. Education and the changing face of medical professionalism: from priest to mountain guide? Br J Gen Pract. 2008;58(550):353–361. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
2. Lester H. On being a proper doctor. Br J Gen Pract. 2008;58(550):378. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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