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Books, Journals, New Media
May 19, 2004


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.

JAMA. 2004;291(19):2383-2384. doi:10.1001/jama.291.19.2383-b

The first edition of Textbook of Pulmonary Diseases was published in 1964, the most recent until now in 1998. The new seventh edition, named for the founding editor, is improved in many ways.

The book has 106 contributors, eight from Europe, two from Japan, the rest from North America. Most of the authors are well-recognized in the field of pulmonary medicine, and many are significant contributors to the pulmonary medicine literature.

The biggest strength of this text is that it is concise despite coverage of almost all important domains of current pulmonary medicine. The organization has excellent clarity. Another strength, which distinguishes this book from most of its peers, is that the authors clearly state the relevant facts and the level of evidence available to support them in tabular form. These tables and the detailed reference lists obviate the need for lengthy, opinion-based discussions.

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