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The golden ratio, which is close to the format 3:2, is the most aesthetically pleasing. But the 3:2 may invite misuse. 4) on the next page. Time point zero represents the time of delivery; this information is given in the main text, but it could have been included in the figure. 3 Labeling axes The reader must be in no doubt as to what the axes show. A few drawing programs do not label the vertical axis parallel to the axis but instead place a line of text above the figure, like a title. I have even seen this practice used to describe the horizontal axis!

Unfortunately, the ease with which it can be created often leads to its use even in cases where the data have only two dimensions. A third dimension is thus falsely introduced in such cases. 18 is a typical example. 18 Mortality from coronary disease among Japanese-born men 55 to 64 years of age residing in Japan, Hawaii, or California, 1950. 19). 18. Note that the bars have been shifted apart and given the same gray tone. The bars are wider than the spaces between them. Note also that the vertical axis does not extend beyond what the graph demands, numbers on the scale are reduced, and tick marks point outward.

Engl. J. Med. 1994; 330:744–50. Copyright © 1994 Massachusetts Medical Society. 13. 17) are so seldom used. Let us now discuss the three-dimensional graph. Today’s computer technology renders the three-dimensional graph easily displayed. As a result, this type of graph is seen more and more 34 How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper often in published reports. Unfortunately, the ease with which it can be created often leads to its use even in cases where the data have only two dimensions.

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