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October 12, 1994

Textbook of Pulmonary Diseases, vols 1 & 2

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1994;272(14):1143-1144. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520140073043

In an unusual letter to the editor, Brooks1 is critical of the author of a book review who candidly acknowledged that he had not read the book he had reviewed! In another communication, "Read the book at least once..." is first on a list of eight "Guidelines for Writing a Book Review."2 Although I heartily endorse those sentiments, the reader should understand at the outset that I have not read all of the 1800+ large, double-column pages of this encyclopedic text.

All of the subspecialties of internal medicine have a selection of extensive, detailed, and all-inclusive textbooks. The pulmonary field is no exception, and, in its amalgamation with critical care medicine, now has perhaps more and larger reference-type texts than exist in other fields. Few of these books fade away. Rather, they undergo periodic revision to a varying degree and reappear with a new color, new format, more

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