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An Indian Perspective on Pathology

You have authored eight editions of the Textbook of Pathology. How did this book come about?

In India, until late 1980s, the only teaching tools I had were a blackboard and chalk. The words spoken by the teacher were considered sacrosanct and the students would take down notes based on each lecture. The caveat was that students had to consider the teachers “good” – and I met their criteria. In fact, I eventually found out that each upcoming batch of students would photocopy notes of the topics I had taught in previous years and use them to study ahead.

No doubt there were internationally renowned pathology textbooks then, too, but students wanted the material in a format that was easy to understand and reproduce in their exams. I realized that I needed to address this gap systematically; after all, between a fallible teacher lecturing and fallible students taking notes, there were guaranteed to be some transcription errors in the photocopied material that was passed from hand to hand! And that is how my long and rewarding journey toward textbook authorship began. The first edition of my Textbook of Pathology was released in 1992. In subsequent years, there have been more pathology books along similar lines written especially for dental, physiotherapy, and paramedical courses. These books have certainly brought me closer to their users all around the world!

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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