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June 23/30, 1999

Environmental and Occupational Medicine: Environmental and Occupational Medicine

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edited by William N. Rom, 3rd ed, 1880 pp, with illus, $195, ISBN 0-316-75578-8, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott-Raven, 1998.

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JAMA. 1999;281(24):2347-2348. doi:10.1001/jama.281.24.2347-JBK0623-2-1

Every medical discipline has its defining text, which documents that specialty's subjects of interest, applicable physiology, and clinical approach. Rom's Environmental and Occupational Medicine, 3rd edition, or simply Rom-3, is that text for the title specialty. Its predecessor, the 1992 second edition, shared that niche with competing volumes, but with this third edition, the series regains its leadership role.

Review of just one chapter illustrates why Rom-3 is so authoritative. Consider "Occupational and Environmental Asthma," written by the same contributors as in the previous edition. The reader finds a presentation of the subject developed to a level of detail that describes more than 30 causative agents, reports specific cases with references, and recommends laboratory tests complete with specificity and sensitivity.