January 1, 1992

Occupational Medicine in the International Workplace

Author Affiliations

Ford Motor Company Dearborn, Mich

Ford Motor Company Dearborn, Mich


by Craig Karpilow, 259 pp, $52.95, ISBN 0-442-23920-3, New York, NY, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co, 1991.

JAMA. 1992;267(1):158. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480010166042

The back cover of this text proclaims it as a "vital resource for occupational physicians and nurses, personnel directors, safety engineers, and health care planners." Upon completing my review, I found myself contesting this claim. The author actually has attempted to cover a broadly diverse topic and has targeted an equally diverse reading audience. A clue is the glossary for nonmedical users, three pages long with 49 terms! The net result is a colloquial text that is full of anecdotes, loosely edited, and lacking depth of medical or administrative insight.

The attempt to accommodate a lay and medical audience just doesn't work here, and I believe the text will come across as trivial to the trained occupational nurse or physician. The same might apply for the health care professional not active in occupational health. On the other hand, it may have some merit for the personnel administrator and, possibly, the