I have a high regard for authors. Especially authors of medical textbooks. My favorite is Arthur Guyton, beloved author of our physiology bible.
But these past weeks another author has been making me want to tear my hair out. (Exaggeration allowed, this is my weblog, after all.) And I can hardly believe it but I think he is the most revered author in this subject or rather his textbook is one of the most widely used in this subject worldwide for decades now. In fact when I was a second year medical student many years ago, he was the author of our textbook, of an earlier edition of course.
Anyway, what I am complaining about is the way the chapter on analgesics, antipyretics, anti-inflammatory and anti-gout drugs is written and organized. It is so incredibly disorganized! If you have a copy of the book I'm talking about check it out. Or don't bother. It'll give you a headache for sure.
Incredulous that a chapter in a medical textbook could be so badly written, I examined it closer. I noticed that the different chapters in the book were written by different authors, presumably the experts in each chapter's topics. And this particular chapter was written by Some Other Authors, not The good author/editor himself. Then I looked up the latest version of the textbook, a digital version, and compared it to my textbook, and I saw that the latest digital version has new authors for that chapter! It could only mean that some other people ahead of me noticed and complained about that terrible chapter thus prompting a rewrite by new writers. Well, thank you very much!
This means we have to get this newest and hopefully better written edition. Pharmacology is a supertoxic topic already, a well organized textbook would be a big help. Which also means that I have to stop writing here already and try to make heads and tails of the chapter on "Analgesic-antipyretic and antiinflammatory agents and drugs employed in the treatment of gout" for my lecture tomorrow. Arghh to the title.