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Research in Medicine
Planning a Project – Writing a Thesis

3rd Edition


  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521132282

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  • Health professionals are increasingly drawn towards research in the course of their training, often with little guidance on the skills and techniques required. This practical text provides essential advice to guide the beginner through the processes involved in selecting, organizing, funding, undertaking, evaluating and publishing a biomedical research project, and completing a postgraduate qualification. Cartoon illustrations provide a wry commentary on the ups and downs of life in research. This edition contains new content on choosing supervisors, career implications, degree structures, ethical issues and time conflicts between research and service needs, and is fully revised and updated to reflect changes in the structure of medical careers and degree courses, and the use of computational and information technology in research presentation. An invaluable guide suitable for all stages of a medical research career, from the first stages of research, through to professional supervisors, career counselors and postgraduate tutors.

    • Covers the entire process of pursuing a research project, including the day-to-day realities of life in the laboratory
    • Fully updated to reflect changes in the structure of medical careers and degree courses, with international application
    • Cartoons provide a wry commentary on research life
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'In all, this is an amusing and informative book that will enlighten prospective PhD students, help lift the flagging spirits of those already in the thick of the process, and bring back memories to those who have already passed this way. It is also a useful book for PhD supervisors – if only to remind them of how their students may be feeling!' Physiotherapy

    ' … a thoughtful attempt to outline some of the pros and cons of choosing a research career.' J. Michael Kilby, University of Alabama

    'For a surgical trainee the decision to undertake a period of research is a major step. This excellent little book can make that decision much easier … invaluable for anyone who is trying to make up their mind as to whether or not to do research … a must for libraries and departments of survey … highly recommended by supervisors for all their research students.' Australia and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521132282
    • length: 144 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 139 x 1 mm
    • weight: 0.2kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Deciding whether to do research
    3. Deciding when to do research
    4. Selecting a research degree
    5. Choosing a department, research supervisor and project
    6. Applying for research positions and funding
    7. Getting started
    8. Overcoming frustration
    9. Writing scientifically
    10. Publishing a paper
    11. Attending scientific meetings
    12. Writing a thesis
    13. Submitting a thesis and preparing for a viva
    Further reading
    Appendix: Information for research students wishing to study overseas

  • Authors

    Juliet Usher-Smith, University of Cambridge
    Juliet Usher-Smith is Fellow and College Lecturer in Medicine, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK.

    George Murrell, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    George Murrell is Conjoint Professor and Director of the Orthopaedic Research Institute, St George Hospital Campus, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

    Harold Ellis, University of London
    Harold Ellis is Clinical Anatomist and Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Department of Anatomy, University of London, Guy's Campus, London, UK.

    Christopher Huang, University of Cambridge
    Christopher Huang is Professor of Cell Physiology, University of Cambridge, and Director of Medical Studies, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

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