“Instant Pharmacology” - from conception to bookshelf
Kourosh Saeb-Parsy finds out that getting a book published is not easy
Most aspiring doctors are acutely aware that the weeks before an important medical exam are often desperate times. When I was facing my second year preclinical exams in Cambridge in 1995, this desperation became evident as a sort of crazy bookshop hopping, where I would try to visit as many book shops as physically possible in an afternoon. This was in the hope of finding a brilliant book that would teach me everything in three hours. In fact, I was lucky enough to find just the sort of book on several occasions, but on inspection at home it seemed not to be quite so brilliant. Maybe the one with the purple cover would have been better after all? And so it was a trip back to the bookshop, and another 20 quid on something that I would probably never look at again.
Finding the “right” book was therefore a major