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Writing uses words. There are two things you can do with words—choose them and arrange them. The first chapter of this book deals with choosing words. Most of the rest of the book deals with arranging words. The arranging is in increasingly larger units of thought—sentences, paragraphs, sections of a biomedical research paper, and the research paper as a whole.

Words, sentences, and paragraphs are the building blocks of writing. In later chapters of this book, the principles of word choice, sentence structure, and paragraph structure will be expanded to apply to the sections of a biomedical research paper and to the research paper as a whole.

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