Friday, November 23, 2007

A "Citation Index" for Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology

Who does Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology cite most? I went through the index of our book and tallied the number of entries for various scientists. (Disclaimer: this is the number of pages listed in the index, which is not necessarily the same as the number of times cited.) Most are authors of leading textbooks. Here is a list of scientists who Russ Hobbie and I cite a dozen times or more:

16 Robert Plonsey: Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and author of several textbooks including the classic "Bioelectric Phenomena"

16 William Press: first author of my favorite book on numerical methods, "Numerical Recipes". His unfortunate coauthors didn't make the list because we usually cited the book as "Press et al."

16 Robert Resnick: Prolific textbook coauthor, including the excellent "Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles"

15 Mark Denny: Author of the delightful book "Air and Water".

14 Leon Glass: Leading researcher at McGill University studying nonlinear dynamics as applied to biology and medicine. Coauthor of the influential book "From Clocks to Chaos".

13 Jose Jalife: Leading researcher in cardiac electrophysiology at the Upstate University of New York, and co-editor of the often-cited book "Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside".

13 Brad Roth: Humble, I'm not.

13 John Wikswo: Physics Professor at Vanderbilt University known for his research in biomagnetism and electrophysiology.

12 Frank Attix: Author of the textbook "Introduction to Radiological Physics and Radiation Dosimetry", a standard for medical physics.

12 Arthur Guyton (1919-2003): Author of the much-cited book "Textbook of Medical Physiology" (with coauthor Hall in recent editions).

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