Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Lawrence J. Brandt, 1731 pp, with illus, $235, ISBN 0-443-06520-9, Philadelphia, Pa, Churchill Livingstone/Current Medicine, 1999.
The target audience for Clinical Practice of Gastroenterology is evident in the title and is articulated in the preface. Dr Brandt specifically states that the book is for the "busy practitioner" whom it is meant to aid in caring for patients. As such, it is a success.
The qualities that contribute can be found in characteristics that most people would not necessarily use to gauge such success: ease of reading (subliminally perceived), distinctive typeface, figures rendered in a pleasing and visually simple style. The prominent use of green and gray is obviously the work of someone who knows how not to tire the eye. The many algorithmic figures take the reader through sometimes complex decision trees with relative ease. Although comprehensive in scope, the text's chapters are generally quick reading, which makes for reasonably fast acquisition of key information. The fellow in gastroenterology, nongastroenterologist, medical student, and gastroenterologist needing quick information will therefore find the text to their liking.
GastroenterologyClinical Practice of Gastroenterology, vols 1 & 2. JAMA. 1999;282(16):1590-1591. doi:10.1001/jama.282.16.1590-JBK1027-3-1