quarta-feira, 30 de dezembro de 2009

CBP is now 50 years old !

Oi pessoal
Fico super feliz de saber que a revista CBP é uma cinquentona. Trabalhei como co-editor de um volume especial da revista, entre 2006 e 2008, exclusiva para autores da América Latina. Publicamos mais de 100 papers de autores de 8 paises (teve até artigos de Cuba e Venezuela!). Hoje trabalho como membro do corpo editorial, auxiliando com a seleção de referees de manuscritos submetidos.
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Gostaria de apresentar o texto editorial abaixo. É uma reflexão histórica sobre a área de fisiologia comparada e a revista CBP. Um dos autores do texto é o canadense (nascido na Alemanha) da foto acima (Tom), com a camisa do Flamengo - foi um presente de meu pai.
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Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology was first published in 1960 by Pergamon Press, Ltd. London. Volume 1 was published throughout the year in four issues and contained 27 research contributions ranging in topics from “The intermoult cycle of natantians” to “Pigments in earthworms”.
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As the first CBP Editor, Joseph Needham, noted in the foreword to Volume 1 (Needham, 1960), “Biochemists and physiologists have been landsmen too long, content with the terra firma of mammalian preoccupations, but many of them are now eagerly setting forth on voyages of exploration throughout the phyla of the animal world.”
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Indeed, while comparative physiology had been well practiced for decades by many giants in the field (e.g., Homer Smith, August Krogh), these renowned authors must have felt that they were working in relative isolation, and often had to place their discoveries in a medical context. As Needham (1960) further observed “ …since the Renaissance, the time of Fernel, Paracelsus and Scantorius, biochemistry and physiology developed primarily in connexion [sic] with the practical art of medicine.”.
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Volume 1 of CBP appears to mark a time when critical mass in the field was first achieved, with epicenters of non-medical biochemistry and physiology beginning to become evident in many places in the globe. (...)
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Download all the editorial text (2 pages long) clicking here.

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