A textbook and supplements package on this scale is the product of a well coordinated effort by many dedicated people. I am deeply indebted to the team at McGraw-Hill Higher Education who have shown continued faith in this book and invested so generously in it.
For their unfailing encouragement and material support, I thank Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Michael Lange and Publisher Marty Lange. My appreciation likewise goes out to Michelle Watnick for her years of energetic promotion of the book and lately her role as Sponsoring Editor, and to the legion of sales managers and sales representatives who work so hard to get the book into the hands of my fellow instructors and their students.
Kristine Tibbetts, Director of Development, has been a wonderful editor with whom I've been very fortunate to
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Physiology: The Unity of Companies, 2003 Form and Function, Third Edition xvi Preface work for the past decade. The appearance of this book owes a great deal to Kris's attention to detail and her uncompromising commitment to quality, accuracy, and esthetics. Were it not for e-mail, our voluminous correspondence would have required the razing of entire forests and probably would have detectably enhanced employment statistics for lumberjacks and postal carriers. Working closely with Kris and me, Designer K. Wayne Harms also deserves a great deal of credit for the esthetic appeal and readability of these pages.
Mary E. Powers, Senior Project Manager, has been responsible for monitoring all aspects of the project, keeping me and its many other contributors coordinated and moving toward the book's timely release. She, too, has been a very alert reader of the entire manuscript and has spared no effort to incorporate last-minute corrections and to change page layouts for better figure placement and flow of text.
A good copyeditor makes one a better writer, and I have learned a great deal from my copyeditors on all editions of this book. On this edition, it was Cathy Conroy's assiduous attention to detail, ranging from consistency in anatomical synonyms down to the humblest punctuation mark, that spared me from committing numerous embarrassing errors and inconsistencies.
And always high on my list at McGraw-Hill, I am especially grateful to Colin Wheatley for his conviction, over a decade ago, that I had a book in me, and for persuading me to give it a go. Few people have changed my life so profoundly.
The line art in this edition was beautifully executed by the medical illustrators and graphic artists of Imagi-neering STA Media Services in Toronto, under the watchful and knowledgeable eye of Jack Haley, Content/Art Director. Imagineering illustrator Dustin Holmes produced the award-winning cover art for the previous edition and, not surprisingly, I was delighted with his execution of the new cover art for this edition. For the visual appeal of this book, credit is also due to McGraw-Hill Photo Coordinator John Leland and Photo Researcher Mary T. Reeg, who worked hard to acquire photographs that are clear, informative, and esthetically appealing. I must also repeat my earlier thanks to anatomists Don Kin-caid and Rebecca Gray of the Ohio State University Department of Anatomy and Medical Education Morgue for producing at my behest such clean, instructive dissections and clear cadaver photographs.
For photographs of living subjects, whenever possible I employed volunteers from among my own students at Georgia College and State University. For kindly lending their bodies to the service of science, I thank my students, colleagues, friends, and family members: Laura Ammons, Sharesia Bell, Elizabeth Brown, Amy Burmeister, Mae Carpenter, Valeria Champion, Kelli Costa, Adam Fraley, Yashica Marshall, Diane Saladin, Emory Saladin, Nicole Saladin, Dilanka Seimon, Natalie Spires, Xiaodan Wang, Nathan Williams, and Danielle Wychoff. The improved photographs of joint movements in this edition (chapter 9), with their multiple-exposure effects, are by Milledgeville photographer Tim Vacula.
Thanks once again to my colleagues David Evans and Eric Wise for their fine work in producing the Instructor's Manual and Laboratory Manual, respectively. New thanks to Leslie Miller, M. S. N., for reviewing the manuscript from a clinical perspective and offering many helpful suggestions.
The factual content and accuracy of this edition owe a great deal to colleagues who are more knowledgeable than I in specific areas of human anatomy and physiology, and to both colleagues and inquisitive students whose e-mails and other queries sent me to the library to dig still deeper into the literature. I have gained especially from the lively and fruitful discussions on HAPP-L, the e-mail list of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (http://www.hapsweb.org); my heartfelt thanks go to the many colleagues who have made HAPP-L such a stimulating and informative site, and to Jim Pendley for maintaining the list.
Once again, and first in my appreciation, I thank my wife Diane, my son Emory, and my daughter Nicole, not only for sharing with me in the rewards of writing, but also for bearing up so graciously under the demands of having a fulltime author cloistered in the inner sanctum of the house.
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