Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for software
edited by Patrick C. Walsh, Alan B. Retik, E. Darracott Vaughan, Jr, and Alan J. Wein, 7th ed, 3432 pp, with illus, $395, ISBN 0-7216-4461-9, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1997.
An encyclopedia can be "a work containing exhaustive information on some one branch of knowledge" (Oxford English Dictionary). This three-volume, 3432-page work fits the definition exactly. Every aspect of current urologic knowledge and practice is covered in this expanded edition, which includes 22 new chapters, 32 new authors, and even a new coeditor. It's obvious that a lot of progress has been made since 1935, when my father's text contained 1100 pages and could be written by one author.
UrologyCampbell's Urology, vols 1-3. JAMA. 1998;279(5):407-408. doi:10.1001/jama.279.5.407-JBK0204-6-1