Medical Physiology 3rd Edition

Medical Physiology 3rd Edition
  • Author: Walter F. Boron MD PhD
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Genres: Medical
    Publish Date: May 19, 2016
    ISBN-10: 1455743771
    Pages: 1312
    File Type: PDF
    Language: English


Book Preface

Creating the Textbook

The first draft of each chapter was written by authors with extensive research and/or teaching experience in that field. The editors, sitting shoulder to shoulder at a computer, then largely rewrote all chapters line by line. The goal of this exercise was for the reader to recognize, throughout the entire book, a single voice—a unity provided by consistency in style, in organization, in the sequence for presenting concepts, and in terminology and notation, as well as in consistency in the expression of standard values (e.g., a cardiac output of 5 liters/min). The editors also attempted to minimize overlap among chapters by making extensive use of cross references (by page, figure, or table number) to principles introduced elsewhere in the book.

After the first round of editing, Dr. Malcolm Thaler—a practicing physician and accomplished author in his own right—improved the readability of the text and sometimes added clinical examples. Afterwards, the editors again went through the entire text line by line to decide on the material to be included in specific illustrations, and to match the main text of the book with the content of each figure. The editors then traveled to Philadelphia to visit the art studio of JB Woolsey and Associates. Over many visits, John Woolsey and the editors together developed the content and format for each of the approximately 760 full-color illustrations used in the textbook. These meetings were unique intellectual and pedagogical dialogues concerning the design of the figures. To a large extent, the figures owe their pedagogical style to the creativity of John Woolsey.

The illustrations evolved through several iterations of figure editing, based on suggestions from both the editors and authors. This evolution, as well as text changes requested by authors, led to yet a third round of editing of the entire book, often line by line. Throughout this seemingly endless process, our goal has been to achieve the proper balance among reader friendliness, depth, and accuracy.

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