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Books, Journals, New Media
June 23/30, 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(24):3017. doi:10.1001/jama.291.24.3017-a

In the 14 years since I reviewed the sixth edition of this scholarly reference, comparing it to a map of the psychiatric world, much has changed. Paper maps have been supplanted by electronic ones, often with global positioning system locators. It is refreshing, therefore, to report that this work has not suffered a similar fate and remains as useful today as it was in prior incarnations.

That is not to suggest that it is totally comprehensive and without minor flaws. Neither EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) nor NLP (neurolinguistic programming) are to be found among its entries. Internet is missing, although significant references to information management abound, including reference to Weed's problem-oriented medical record. Yet even the most casual of browsing brings the reader to gems such as processomania ("mania for litigation") and two pages of phobias, including phronemophobia ("fear of thinking") and neophobia ("fear of innovation").

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