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May 1, 2002

MedicineWebMD Scientific American Medicine

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002American Medical Association

JAMA. 2002;287(17):2292-2293. doi:10.1001/jama.287.17.2292-JBK0501-4-1

Almost all medical textbooks that make it to market these days cover the basics competently and provide the most important details. The difference is in how well, with what detail, and in what context. Scientific American Medicine covers the material superbly, comprehensively, and with a refreshing emphasis on social responsibility, prevention, and evidence-based medicine.

Scientific American is a venerable magazine, the best of several that survive from the Victorian enthusiasm for popularizing science. The influence of the popular publication is obvious in the well-drawn, clean, simple illustrations and sparing but discriminating use of photographs. Its articles have always been so heavily edited that they read as if written by the same author. The chapters of this textbook are similarly uniform and uncluttered. Sentences are simple, declarative, generally short, and sparing in the use of qualifiers. The result is a textbook that is easy to read, learn from, and consult quickly.

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