In last week’s article Working as a Medical Writer, freelancer Sarah Webb wrote , "Academic papers and conference proceedings make lousy writing samples
because they are dense and jargon-laden, whereas the emphasis in
medical writing is on clarity."
Phillipa Rispin, a Montreal, Canada, based medical writer and editor takes issue with this claim, in an email. "Well-written papers or proceedings can be fine examples of the writer’s skill in presenting the facts clearly and crisply in a sometimes-difficult format," Rispin writes.