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.
“Can you buy me the encyclopedia?” are words many of us
will remember saying to our parents when we were youngsters. Encyclopedias
once were the easiest way to access information, obviating trips to multiple
sources. Encyclopedias of the past comprised many volumes and had information
on every imaginable subject, however obscure.
In this context Leonard R. Johnson, PhD, has compiled the Encyclopedia of Gastroenterology. He is to be commended for meeting
the definition of an encyclopedia; the three volumes touch the universe of
gastroenterology topics, from obscure to the usual suspects. Guanilyn has
three pages, and hepatitis D and E are found as well.
Falchuk ZM. Gastroenterology. JAMA. 2004;292(18):2276-2280. doi:10.1001/jama.292.18.2277