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Books, Journals, New Media
February 23, 2005

Infections of Leisure

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(8):1007-1012. doi:10.1001/jama.293.8.1008-a

Infections of Leisure is a handy, paperback volume that explores the interface between leisure time and infections (and other unhealthful consequences of leisure activity). The word leisure typically evokes visions of beaches, mountain trails, and cruise ships. The editor of this book broadens the term to include contact with household pets, gardening, exotic cuisine (such as sushi), and even body piercing.

In a review of the second edition,1 I lauded the editor and contributors for delivering a “wealth of information available in a pleasantly readable and concise” form that was actually fun to read. Similarly, this third edition offers prose that one rarely encounters in medical texts. Writing about infections that can be acquired from raw or undercooked meat, for example, the author states,

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