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Postgraduate Education Corner: MEDICAL WRITING TIP OF THE MONTH |

On the Table: Form and Function

Cindy W. Hamilton, PharmD, ELS
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*From Hamilton House, Virginia Beach, VA.

Correspondence to: Cindy W. Hamilton, PharmD, ELS, Principal, Hamilton House, 844 Quail Point Cove, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-3157; e-mail: cindy@hamiltonhouseva.com


Ms. Hamilton is a freelance medical writer; has helped authors prepare tables for manuscripts and posters sponsored by C. R. Bard, Inc, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Pfizer Inc, and sanofi-aventis; and did not receive funding to prepare this article.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).


Chest. 2009;135(4):1087-1089. doi:10.1378/chest.08-2405
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Tables are often the most eye-catching components of journal articles. To test this premise, open any medical journal. To optimize visual impact, carefully choose and prepare tables to emphasize important points.1,2 The effort benefits both readers and writers. This review offers practical tips for preparing tables, from preliminary working versions to submission-ready versions (most tips also apply to posters and slides), and references guidelines in journals' instructions to authors,35 review articles,2,6 and book chapters.1,79

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