Writing is not writing, it’s rewriting.


Check your work for nonsense. 


These quotes are taken from the medical files of patients in real hospitals.


“The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut, and handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.”


“The skin was moist and dry.”


“Patient was alert and unresponsive.”


“When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.”


“Bleeding started in the rectal area and continued all the way to Los Angeles.”


 Check your spelling.


“The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.”


“While in the emergency room, she was examined, x-rated and sent home.”


“I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.”


“Exam of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.”


 Say what you mean and mean what you say.


“The patient lives at home with his mother, father, and pet turtle, who is presently enrolled in day care three times a week.”


“She is numb from her toes down.”


“Exam of genitalia was completely negative except for the right foot.”


“The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stockbroker instead.”


“The patient suffers from occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.”


Read and re-read your work.