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.
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,
Smilack JD. Infections of Leisure. JAMA. 2005;293(8):1007-1012. doi:10.1001/jama.293.8.1008-a