Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Robert J. McCunney, 480 pp, with illus, $59.95, ISBN 0-7817-2198-9, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999.
Most books on occupational safety and health attempt to be wide ranging, covering many aspects of the field either with an organ system approach or by examining workplace toxins and hazards. Medical Center Occupational Health and Safety focuses instead on occupational safety and health related specifically to a single setting: the modern medical center, clearly a complex "organism" with special safety and health concerns.
The book, edited by McCunney with numerous, mostly academic contributors, does an excellent job reviewing the hazards in hospitals and associated facilities and how to deal with them. Given the overlapping nature of the topics covered, there is some inevitable duplication of material in various chapters, but perhaps thanks to deft editing, redundancy is kept to a minimum and is not a distraction.
Medical Center HealthMedical Center Occupational Health and Safety. JAMA. 2000;283(20):2722-2723. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2722-JBK0524-6-1