Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Carl A. Burtis and Edward R. Ashwood, 3rd ed, 1917 pp, with illus, $195, ISBN 0-7216-5610-2, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1999.
At 9.5 lb (4.34 kg), 50 chapters, and 1917 pages, this new edition of a standard textbook is a challenge to reviewers. The second edition weighed in at 8.7 lb (3.9 kg) with 41 chapters and 2326 pages. Might the publisher consider a CD-ROM version or eliminating some chapters?
The copyright page does not include a statement on the durability of the paper on which the text is printed. Is durability a lesser consideration when, as in this case, three editions have appeared in less than 12 years? (There is no statement regarding previously published materials.) Seven hundred thirty illustrations, according to the publisher, are not listed in the table of contents. Technical terms are also a problem; the editors should consider compiling a glossary, as these tend to proliferate, eg, MCO (managed care organization), but are only sporadically defined.
Clinical ChemistryTietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry. JAMA. 1999;282(3):283. doi:10.1001/jama.282.3.283