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.
Six years ago, when I reviewed the second edition of Gorbach, Bartlett,
and Blacklow's Infectious Diseases (in JAMA August
12, 1998), I stated that it was a "beauty," an excellent reference resource,
and "a must for any medical library." Compared with other textbooks in the
field available at the time, Infectious Diseases had
the advantages of being the most current and reasonably priced. Since 1998,
revisions and new issues of other textbooks and CD-ROM references have been
published, making it difficult for prospective purchasers to determine which
to select. Now, after release of this new edition of Infectious
Diseases, the decision becomes a bit easier. Gorbach, Bartlett, and
Blacklow have again provided a reference that is detailed yet pleasantly readable.
Smilack JD. Infectious Diseases. JAMA. 2004;292(8):982-983. doi:10.1001/jama.292.8.982