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July 12, 1995

Oxford Textbook of Sports Medicine

Author Affiliations

Minneapolis, Minn

JAMA. 1995;274(2):186-187. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530020104048

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The 748-page Oxford Textbook of Sports Medicine is dedicated to "exercise as one contribution to a healthy lifestyle." An international group of sports medicine talent, under editors Harries, Williams, Stanish, and Micheli, accomplishes this goal with a "multidisciplinary approach," because "those who look after the injured are professionally obliged to offer advice on how injuries can be treated and avoided."

Although the 80 distinguished contributors "produce a concise reference work in the broad spectrum of sports medicine," there is plenty within this very British tome to assist the smalltown high school team doctor as well as the exercise specialist or physiologist.

Sir Roger Bannister, the world's first sub-four-minute miler and a practicing physician himself, notes, "with some 25% of the population, including children and students, now regularly taking part in sport, the problem of treatment of injuries can no longer be regarded as a 'Cinderella' area of medicine."

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