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What is a technical report?

Technical reports detail the process, progress, and/or results of technical research. They typically contain a "cover and title page, abstract, table of contents, summary, introduction, body, results, conclusions and recommendations, nomenclature, references, and appendix." 1


What is a case report?

A case report "provides inspiration, new ideas, and fresh hypotheses." They are written for many reasons, some of which are "to educate other trainees and physicians; to contribute evidence that could be useful to others for patient care; to learn (and teach) scholarly writing skills; to be the first to describe a new syndrome or a serious adverse drug reaction." 2


1. Gary Blake and Robert W. Bly. The Elements of Technical Writing, pgs. 119-121. New York: Macmillan Publishers, 1993. ISBN 0020130856.

2. Packer C.D. (2017) Introduction. In: Writing Case Reports. Springer, Cham.

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