Research in Medicine: Planning a Project - Writing a Thesis

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Cambridge University Press, May 27, 1999 - Medical - 122 pages
Doctors and other health professionals are increasingly drawn toward research in the course of their training, often with little guidance on the skills, techniques and personal qualities required of a medical research worker. This short and helpful book has been written by three authors with long experience in performing and evaluating research in medicine. It provides essential advice for the beginner, covering in a practical and accessible fashion all the steps involved from choosing a research project to preparing and submitting a thesis. Now in its second edition, many important revisions have been made including updates on the use of computers, career implications, degree structures and ethical issues in human and animal experimentation. The illustrations by David Langdon provide a wry commentary on the ups and downs of life in research.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Time frame
2
Why do research?
5
As part of an academic career
6
Lifestyle
7
Reading for a research degree
9
Time required for completion
10
Individual university regulations
11
Choosing software
64
The second phase frustration
67
Alter the procedure or method of attack
68
The third phase as results arrive
71
Presentations at meetings
72
Poster presentations
73
Publishing papers
74
Submitting a paper
75

Doctor of Medicine MD or DM
12
Doctor of Philosophy PhD or DPhil
13
Prestige
14
Providing for your future career
15
Medical careers in different Englishspeaking countries
16
Applying for research positions
23
Choice of department
25
Applying for scholarships and research positions
26
Background information about the available position
27
Approaching referees
28
Graduate work in the United States
29
Research supervisors and projects
33
Choosing a research topic
35
Your supervisors interests
36
Human medical research
37
Experimental systems
41
Team vs individual work
44
The first phase getting started
47
Public relations
48
Selfdiscipline
49
Extracurricular activities
52
Getting started at the bench
53
Choosing laboratory techniques
54
Keeping careful notes
55
Consulting a statistician
56
Setting out
57
Research reports
58
Compiling references
60
Personal computers
61
Steps leading to publication
76
Securing your future
77
The fourth phase writing the thesis
79
Winding up experimental work
81
Planning your thesis
82
Order of writing
84
Preparing illustrations
85
Photographic work
86
Scientific writing
89
Organize your thoughts
90
Rereading and redrafting
91
Assembling the thesis
95
Acknowledgements
96
Abstract
97
Materials and methods
98
Results
100
Discussion
101
Future work and unanswered questions
102
Appendices
103
Publications
104
Final checklist
105
Submitting the thesis
109
Timing
110
Binding
111
Further reading
113
Information for research students wishing to study overseas
115
Index
119
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