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.
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.
Baldwin, Jr DC. Medicine, Learning. JAMA. 2004;292(9):1081-1082. doi:10.1001/jama.292.9.1081