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Titles of Medical Articles 

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Capitalization
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Brenda Gregoline

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Titles of Medical Articles

Titles of articles take initial capitals when they are in the title position but not when they are in the reference position.

Title:

Autonomic Response in Depersonalization Disorder

Reference:

Sierra M, Senior C, Dalton J. Autonomic response in depersonalization disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(8):100-103.

In titles and headings, capitalize 2-letter verbs, such as go, do, am, is, be. Note: In infinitives, “to” is not capitalized. Do not capitalize a coordinating conjunction, article, or preposition of 3 or fewer letters, except when it is the first word in the title or subtitle.

What Is Sarcoma?

We Do Need to Treat Mild Hypertension

Where the World Will Be in the Year 2020

Defining the Role of Computed Tomography in Injuries Resulting From Blunt Abdominal Trauma

Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Opportunities for Comprehensive Risk Management

In compound terms from languages other than English, capitalize all parts of the expression.

Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization in Surgical Specimens of Lung Cancer

Nephrectomy With Concomitant En Bloc Adrenalectomy

With a phrasal verb, such as “follow up,” capitalize both parts in a title.

The Need to Follow Up the Patient With Esophageal Cancer

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