Conceptual Foundations and Uses of Models in Pharmacokinetics

  • James S. Beck
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 145)


The word “model” is overused in the biomedical literature. And it is often misused in a way that blurs the distinction between the system under study and someone’s concept of the system- We can get involved in wasteful disputes and fruitless efforts with such sloppy thinking. Because these failings appear so frequently and because rational uses of models can be very helpful, I will sketch here a brief picture of what — I suggest — a model should be and what it can do for us. Along the way I will point out some pitfalls I see as taking a toll on our scientific and therapeutic enterprizes.


Conceptual Foundation Biomedical Literature Normal Science Synthetic Statement Extravascular Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James S. Beck
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  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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