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.
At first, the prospect of yet another preventive medicine text sent
chills down my spine. There are a lot of books out there, each addressing
the subject from a slightly different angle and with a slightly different
degree of efficiency. Still, although I had not seen the first edition, I
was intrigued and opted to review the new one. I am very glad I did.
The first clue that this text had the potential to be much more comprehensive
than the average book on the topic is its size, a total of 814 pages. For
the most part, the individual topics are those that you would expect. There
is a section on the principles of preventive medicine and clinical prevention
and another section on the prevention of common clinical problems (cancer,
cardiovascular risk prevention, genetics, and infectious diseases). However,
there are also extensive sections on behavioral and psychological influences
in health and disease, gender issues, and racial and ethnic considerations,
as well as nutrition and physical activity. Each chapter is well written,
and the text is laid out in an easy-to-read format. In general the book is
a pleasure to read.
Ganiats TG. Preventive Medicine. JAMA. 2005;293(1):101-106. doi:10.1001/jama.293.1.103-a