RE: Last word on warnings?--with a taking my marbles tie-in

Subject: RE: Last word on warnings?--with a taking my marbles tie-in
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 09:55:03 -0400


Dick...since we are on the subject of warnings and what happens if the
instructions are not followed...

It is commendable that your SO did that. However, what are the ramifications
of a patient reading the instructions, not following to the letter, and
causing harm.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
jposada -at- book -dot- com
212-414-6656



-----Original Message-----
From: Dick Margulis [mailto:margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net]
Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 9:42 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: Last word on warnings?--with a taking my marbles tie-in



"Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA> wrote:
>
It's not like patients are
>particularly good about listening to their doctors, after all. If you think
>_we_ have problems getting people to follow our instructions, just be glad
>you're not a doctor. We've got it easy by comparison.
>

Geoff,

You've identified a real and significant business opportunity for
out-of-work tech writers.

My significant other had a post-college job as a production editor on a
medical journal and it was as a result of encouragement from her boss that
she decided to go to medical school. So she happens to be one of those
doctors who writes well. As a consequence, she has developed quite a series
of patient handouts to explain the limited number of conditions she

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