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Books, Journals, New Media
March 26, 2003


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(12):1571-1572. doi:10.1001/jama.289.12.1571-a

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS constitute a major global public health problem, particularly in Africa, and comprehensive textbooks are needed for those working in the field. This second edition of AIDS in Africa is a substantial contribution with eight sections, 46 chapters with impressive reference lists, 64 figures, 86 tables, and a comprehensive index. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan contributes the foreword.

The book's concise style makes it easy to read. It is well researched, consistent, and systematic in presentation. The 18.0 × 26.0 × 4.9 cm hardcover could fit into the average briefcase but would more likely complement the professional or academic library. The front cover will attract attention with its three-color illustration "Landscape Crossroads," a bold depiction of a typical shantytown somewhere in Africa, with a clear message on the front of one of the shanty houses: "AIDS kills." On the back cover, also in three colors, is a list of the editors, summary of the essential features of the book, and at top right another work of art, "Africa," with evolving faces filling five silhousettes of the African continent, depicting health through death, presumably from AIDS, with what appear to be virus particles in the background.

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