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.
In the Internet age, with online journals and libraries and Web sites
that offer access to the latest medical information and reviews, one can reasonably
ask if there continues to be a role for medical textbooks. My answer is still
a resounding yes: authoritative texts are still needed to define the state
of the art. Any text is around 12 to 14 months out of date at the time of
publication, but texts provide a basis of medical knowledge that can be supplemented
through journal articles and Web sites. Moreover, some, like this one, provide
Web access (at additional cost) for updated information and CD-ROMs to facilitate
searching and use of illustrations, among other features.
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