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David Woods, PhD




David Woods is the author of four books and numerous articles, editorials and reviews in peer-reviewed publications. His memoir, Time and Chance, appeared at the end of 2015. He holds a PhD in Health Policy and is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

He recently stepped down from the freelance editorship of Philadelphia Medicine after 15 years. For five years he taught a course on medical writing and communications to graduate students at Jefferson Medical College.

David has recently written a series of essays on eclectic topics that take his fancy. These include In Praise of Eloquence, The Decline of Wit in Public Life, and History instructs, and we ignore it at our great peril. See these and others at Public Broadcasting Station WHYY on the web.

More detailed information, as well as downloadable articles, and testimonials appear further on in this website.




What they're saying

“David Woods conveys humor and insight into the craft of writing”
-- The Lancet.

“{Woods’s} contributions are straightforward sensible lessons on writing. His incisive observations on the use of ‘we’ as in 'How are we today?' should embarrass us all"
-- British Medical Journal.

Note: See his review of the bestseller How Doctors Think for the British Medical Journal ...and his article Vague Thinking Equals Vague Writing in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Poorly written documents and erroneous communications have cost the pharmaceutical and medical device industries millions of dollars. Bad medical writing can pose serious consequences, including repeated clinical trials, delayed approvals and misunderstood promotional claims, often resulting in significant and unnecessary financial repercussions.” -- Dr. Elizabeth Frick, The Text Doctor

“He's, like, cool"
-- Stepdaughter Amanda.


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