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Books, Journals, New Media
December 21, 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;294(23):3033-3034. doi:10.1001/jama.294.23.3033

From the subtitle, I had expected Dwarfism to consist entirely of reference-based material. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, although it does have chapters in the format of traditional medical text, others resemble short novels, with well-constructed transitions. The author, Betty M. Adelson, is not a “physician or a scientist” but a psychologist and the mother of a daughter born with achondroplasia more than 30 years ago. Adelson's professional and parental experience inform her book, which is a useful resource for a wide audience.

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