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Books, Journals, New Media
October 20, 2004

CNS Infections

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(15):1891-1897. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1893

In an age of hand-held devices, CD-ROMs, and continuously updated Internet databases, is the medical textbook obsolete? A medical text competing against the glut of electronic information must excel in several ways: it must contain specialized material, not readily found elsewhere; the depth of scholarship must be superior; the authors must be leaders in their fields; and exceptional effort must be made to have the literature survey up to date at the time of publication. The third edition of Infections of the Central Nervous Systemsucceeds on all counts.

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