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Book and Media Reviews
April 12, 2006


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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(14):1709-1714. doi:10.1001/jama.295.14.1712

It is unfortunate that this interesting and unusual collection of disparate analyses and essays should be subtitled with a question, the easy answer to which is, no (8000 cases do not a pandemic make).

The multifaceted articles collected in this compact volume are derived from a conference organized by editors and coauthors Arthur Kleinman and James L. Watson, held in September 2003 at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. This explains the complementary and cohesive nature of the essays and also, perhaps, some redundancy as the same events are viewed by coauthors representing different disciplines. The emphasis is less medical and epidemiologic than political and sociological, but it should hold the attention of any physician concerned with public health.

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