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Hello Everyone! I just started a LVN program in one of the private school here in NorCal. So far, Im enjoying my anatomy class and Im giving some of the credit to Sir John Campbell from UK because of the helpful videos he posted on


He also have a website http://campbellteaching.co.uk/ where you can find helpful notes he made.

The reason Im posting is that, Im just wondering if any of you would be interested and willing to purchase his published pathophysiology book. I'd like to buy one for myself but if anybody is interested, then i can get more along with mine..


The article below explains the nature of the project. if interested, reply here or send me a message.

An Experiment in Publishing

`My staff and students will never have owned a new book, it would be beyond their aspirations`. I was talking to Jim Harrison, a friend and colleague who works in an orthopaedic unit in Malawi. `If someone were to give them a new book they would be absolutely delighted`.

`Well` I thought, `I should be able to help here, after all I've written a book on physiology. An absolutely fundamental subject, every nurse, doctor and any form of paramedic all need to learn how the body works. I could send off a batch of books in the next container and Jim could give them to people who had never owned a new book before`.

Time to talk to my publisher. They thought it was a great idea, I also mentioned some of my contacts in India who could benefit. I was delighted that my publisher seemed to be going along with this new idea, they were even talking about producing low cost versions in Asia. But, of course none of my books ever arrived. The few hundred books I would need never arrived.

I am not really criticizing my publisher, they are after all a business, their aim is to make money. We can all understand this, we too like to feed our children and pay our mortgage. But we also like to teach, and the idea of teaching people, in this case through print, who otherwise would not be taught or taught as well is an appealing one.

Considering my own students I realised that they too often struggled to buy a new book at £20 upwards. As academics we want our students to read our work, but if they cannot afford high book prices they can only read borrowed copies. Looking back on my own student years I owned a few key texts which I read, reread, carried around in my rucksack and wrote all over. Of course to do this I had to own the book.

My new book on pathophysiology was about half written. I wondered if there was a way to cut out the publisher and produce this text myself. This would mean I controlled the copyright so could do whatever I wanted with my own work. A lot of work in fact, much of my free time over a three year period. When I looked at the economics it seemed to make sense. For every £10 a student pays for a new book about 30% goes to the retailer, 70% to the publisher. Of the 70% that goes to the publisher the author only receives 10 % of this, i.e. 70p. If I could cut out the publisher and possibly the retailer, this would free up a lot of money.

Time for an experiment. I gave the diagrams to my technician Jonny Forsyth. He scanned the images in and arranged the labels. Fortunately, one of my recently qualified students, Ed Knapper, had been a type setter in a previous career. He arranged the text and diagrams using a publishing package. Students and former students proof read the text several times over. I also passed out individual chapters to be read by subject specialists I had contacts with to ensure the technical accuracy of the material.

Eventually the whole book was on one DVD, 1.8 gigabits of information. The printing was done in India by some contacts who publish in Hyderabad. This was a fortunate location as they had contacts with several Christian medical and training organisations who could use the book when completed. They kept 600 copies for this distribution in India where many students operate on a very low economic level.

The problem was that I now had 1 400 books in my house, and this has turned out to be the key aspect of the experiment, how to distribute the books. I decided to sell the books for £10 each, half of what might be a bookshop price. My up front costs for 2 000 copies were about £6 000, so I needed to sell 600 copies for £10 each to reach my financial goal of breaking even. The story so far is I have sold about 300 copies in the UK, partly through my web site but largely through local helpers such as Veronica Orlando and Cathie Boyle.

While I am in the process of enlisting a distributor I feel the main way to distribute the books is to deliver supplies to people within the colleges and universities who can sell them to students directly. In other words to develop a network of people who share the vision of this experiment. If this works it should be possible to reduce the UK price still further while still distributing free copies in poorer parts of the world.

Unfortunately Jim has only received a few copies so far as I missed the container, but he can have more with the next one. Hopefully there will also be an edition printed directly in some African countries. So the experiment goes on and the final results are not yet known. Perhaps the true sign of success will be if other academics chose to follow this line of thinking and many more students gain access to our work who otherwise would not.

John Campbell, Senior Lecturer, Nursing Studies

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

Hi, Jecka. . .not sure what you can afford, but these books have already been completed and I have copies of both. I use the first book listed as a frequent source of information when I am answering questions pertaining to care plans on the nursing student forums of allnurses because it also includes nursing interventions and implications.

  • Pathophysiology: A 2-in-1 Reference for Nurses by Springhouse, Springhouse Publishing Company Staff. Cost is $44.95. This book has 629 pages and is very easy to read and understand. Organized by the systems of the body, but does not include psychiatric or obstetrical conditions.
  • Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children, third edition, by Kathryn L. McCance and Sue E. Heuther. Currently in it's 5th edition of publication. Cost is $93.95. This is a very scholarly work often used by BSN and Master's degree programs of nursing. Has 1600+ pages and includes pediatric as well as geriatric disease pathophysiology in it's content.

There are other books of pathophysiology on the market. You can find them and view the table of contents as well as some information about them on the Barnes & Noble and Amazon web sites.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

professor campbell's web site is interesting. many of the links i explored are thumbnail listings. is he suggesting that his book has much more extensive information and is a much more scholarly work? much of what i was looking at can be found on web sites that have been bookmarked on some of the allnurses sticky threads. you can get information about the pathophysiology and medical treatment of many more diseases than this professor has listed at these two web sites:

other web sites with information about disease and treatment are:

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