...photographs may be seen as too jarring, whereas illustration can provide a gentler look
Several new images were commissioned as part of the project, but the request was made for a cleaner look that still showed a bit of line work. In the end most of the linework was removed from these images in favor of a more modern feel, but one that was still cohesive with the cover image.
Surgical staplers are used for a variety of procedures, but a prominant use is partial resection of various portions of our GI tract, from the stomach on down. The request was made for impactful pathology images that were not repulsive.
This is a great example of a time when photographs may be seen as too jarring, whereas illustration can provide a gentler look.
Finally, a number of diagrammatic representations of various types of resections were created. These types of drawings are often drawn as diagrams, but I like the added presence that realistic rendering adds.