Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
This book adequately meets the series goal of providing "enrichment
reading in a compact format" to meet clinicians' continuing education needs
on topics important to psychiatrists. The text accomplishes this task by delivering
numerous conceptual and clinical pearls. For example, since 50% of tobacco
users die of tobacco-related illness, smoking is the most deadly behavioral
disorder—the single largest cause of preventable deaths in the United
States, accounting for about 20% of deaths. Unfortunately, about 25% of Americans
still smoke, and 2% to 9% of adults use smokeless tobacco. Because it is a
leading cause of various cancers, accounting for 30% of all cancer-related
deaths, tobacco consumption causes an estimated 2.5 million premature deaths
per year. Furthermore, as we have developed "12 scientifically proven therapies,"
smoking is the most important modifiable risk factor for the development of
coronary artery disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Yet, smoking
is proportionately one of the least diagnosed disorders.
Nicotine. JAMA. 2000;284(6):764-765. doi:10.1001/jama.284.6.764