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.
Professors Bloom and Lambert, global public health titans both, rightly
testify that "[v]accines represent the most cost-effective medical intervention
known to prevent death and disease." Given the extraordinary importance of
global vaccination programs, there is a great—arguably shocking—unmet
need for a coherent and readable textbook on the topic. True, there are other
excellent textbooks, such as Vaccines, edited by
Plotkin and Orenstein (1999) and New Generation Vaccines, edited by Levine et al (1997), both of which are far more comprehensive
(four-fold to five-fold more total words) than The Vaccine
Book. However, as with many comprehensive texts, both are truly ponderous
(about 8 pounds) and expensive ($200-$300 range). Bloom and Lambert set out
to fill a genuine niche.
Burke DS. Vaccines. JAMA. 2003;290(3):406-407. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.406