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