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Books, Journals, New Media
May 11, 2005


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(18):2281-2285. doi:10.1001/jama.293.18.2283-a

By the time a text reaches a fifth edition, most of the changes from the previous one are relatively minor: modifications based on more recent research, newer references, perhaps some updated figures, and, if the author is ambitious, a new chapter or two. In my experience, it is highly unusual for a book to change its underlying structure, especially one that has been successful through multiple editions. Having reviewed the fourth edition of Studying a Study and Testing a Test for this journal, I was somewhat apprehensive about the new one: would I be looking over material that I had already read? Surprisingly, the answer was no—the fifth edition represents a radical departure from the structure of the fourth.

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