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Change in Format, Register and Narration Style in the Biomedical Literature: A 1948 Example

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Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, 43126 Parma, Italy
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Department of Medicine and Surgery, Histology and Embryology Lab, University of Parma, Via Volturno 39, 43126 Parma, Italy
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Publications 2020, 8(1), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications8010010
Received: 18 December 2019 / Revised: 30 January 2020 / Accepted: 5 February 2020 / Published: 7 February 2020
Scientific communication has evolved over time and the formats of scientific writing, including its stylistic modules, have changed accordingly. Research articles from the past fit a research world that had not been taken over by the internet, electronic searches, the new media and even the science mass production of today and reflect a reality where scientific publications were designed to be read and appreciated by actual readers. It is therefore useful to have a look back to what science looked like in the past and examine the biomedical literature from older archives because several features of those publications may actually harbor vital insights for today’s communication. Maintaining a vivid awareness of the evolution of science language and modalities of communication may ensure a better and steadfast progression and ameliorate academic writing in the years to come. With this goal in mind, the present commentary set out to review a 1948 scientific report by I.L. Bennett Jr, entitled “A study on the relationship between the fevers caused by bacterial pyrogens and by the intravenous injection of the sterile exudates of acute inflammation”, which appeared in the Journal of Experimental Medicine in September 1948.
Keywords: scientific writing; academic writing; diachronic change; rhetorical practices scientific writing; academic writing; diachronic change; rhetorical practices
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Galli, C.; Guizzardi, S. Change in Format, Register and Narration Style in the Biomedical Literature: A 1948 Example. Publications 2020, 8, 10.

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