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Books, Journals, New Media
September 1, 2004

Medicine, Learning

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;292(9):1081-1082. doi:10.1001/jama.292.9.1081

There are several reasons for a second edition of Medicine: Preserving the Passion: the success of the first, the turn of a new century, advances in technology and knowledge, and changes in the medical environment. All these appear to have played a role in the publication of this new, readable, weighty, and informative volume.

It is 18 years since the appearance of the first edition, also edited by Dr Phil R. Manning and Dr Lois DeBakey, and the two have renewed passion for their favorite subject. The opening sentences in both the foreword and preface make clear that the practice of medicine has changed radically in the intervening years and with it the learning needs of physicians. Rather than the structured, large, lecture-oriented conferences and meetings of the past, what is needed today and in the future are individualized learning programs. These should be tailored in new formats and addressed to the special needs of the individual practicing physician, and based heavily on the nature of his or her own practice. The editors' equally great concern is that physicians today are losing their passion and love for their work and their patients and, consequently, the motivation and excitement of learning.

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