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July 3, 2002

MedicineThe Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by Stephen Lock, John M. Last, and George Dunea, 891 pp, with illus, $75, ISBN 0-19-262950-6, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2002.

JAMA. 2002;288(1):104-105. doi:10.1001/jama.288.1.104-JBK0703-3-1

New editors and mostly new authors have produced an evolving and updated version of The Oxford Medical Companion of 1994.

The strength of the Companion is some 500 signed, very current reviews, one to eight pages long, of contemporary health topics. These cover such diverse subjects as AIDS, evidence-based medicine, gene therapy, health care systems, cytokines, ethics, and poverty. Medicine in the major countries of the world is also covered. Shorter entries add to the alphabetical continuity to cover many topics, but many are barely mentioned, eg, burns, inflammatory bowel disease, and hepatitis. The history of medicine is emphasized, and short biographical sketches of selected pioneers are provided as sidebars at the site their work is discussed.

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