Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for softwareHarriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Stanford B. Friedman, Martin Fisher, S. Kenneth Schonberg, and Elizabeth M. Alderman, 2nd ed, 1349 pp, with illus, $150, ISBN 0-8151-3386-3, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1998.
When I trained in adolescent medicine not so very long ago, there were no textbooks in adolescent health as weighty and encyclopedic as Friedman et al's Comprehensive Adolescent Health Care. That there are now at least two reflects the extent to which the health issues of adolescents are finally being recognized as prevalent, unique, and demanding the special attention of health care professionals.
Five years after its original publication and now in its second edition, Comprehensive Adolescent Health Care is an exhaustive volume of more than 160 chapters and nearly 1350 pages. The design of the book is visually appealing with extensive use of tables. Significant updating is obvious throughout. Its more than 180 contributors have written concise, authoritative chapters, which are clinically relevant, clearly organized, and well presented. Happily, long blocks of unbroken text seem to have been deliberately avoided. Most chapters have surprisingly extensive references, which, for the most part, are current and inclusive. Other chapters have a smaller number of suggested readings. A few include both. Most appreciated are the chapters that suggest specific educational material, provide contact information for support groups, and offer other patient and family-oriented resources. It is unfortunate that these resources are not more consistently featured throughout.
Adolescent HealthComprehensive Adolescent Health Care. JAMA. 1998;279(23):1919-1920. doi:10.1001/jama.279.23.1919-JBK0617-3-1