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English translation: 20 patients

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06:30 Oct 27, 2005
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Spanish term or phrase: 20 patients or twenty (20) patients or twenty patients?
Interms of international scientific journals, is the accepted convention to write:
20 patients
twenty (20) patients
twenty patients
I would be grateful if anyone could refer me to any pages relating to writing styles for scientific journals for thsi question.
Thanks in advance,
Sarah.
Sarah Brenchley
Local time: 11:07
English translation:20 patients
Explanation:
I authored the style manual that was adopted for use at the Pan American Health Organization.

Every medical publisher has its own style, but the basic rule is typically to write out "one through nine" and any number at the beginning of a sentence (try to rephrase so that you don't have to start with something like "Twenty-nine patients...," but you could get away with "Twenty patients..." If you have a mixed series (e.g., 7,20,38), then use the arabic numeral for all of them. That being said, many medical journals are beginning to use numerals below 10 as well (1,2,3...patients). That would be less true for books. No need to state the number in both forms. There are exceptions, but this is the basic rule. If you have a specific question that still seems puzzling, please feel free to ask me.
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Muriel Vasconcellos
United States
Local time: 02:07
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Thanks for your answer - that's exactly what I needed - some point of reference and sorry for double posting.
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Explanation:
I authored the style manual that was adopted for use at the Pan American Health Organization.

Every medical publisher has its own style, but the basic rule is typically to write out "one through nine" and any number at the beginning of a sentence (try to rephrase so that you don't have to start with something like "Twenty-nine patients...," but you could get away with "Twenty patients..." If you have a mixed series (e.g., 7,20,38), then use the arabic numeral for all of them. That being said, many medical journals are beginning to use numerals below 10 as well (1,2,3...patients). That would be less true for books. No need to state the number in both forms. There are exceptions, but this is the basic rule. If you have a specific question that still seems puzzling, please feel free to ask me.

Muriel Vasconcellos
United States
Local time: 02:07
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Thanks for your answer - that's exactly what I needed - some point of reference and sorry for double posting.
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