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Books, Journals, New Media
August 9, 2000


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.

JAMA. 2000;284(6):764-765. doi:10.1001/jama.284.6.764

This book adequately meets the series goal of providing "enrichment reading in a compact format" to meet clinicians' continuing education needs on topics important to psychiatrists. The text accomplishes this task by delivering numerous conceptual and clinical pearls. For example, since 50% of tobacco users die of tobacco-related illness, smoking is the most deadly behavioral disorder—the single largest cause of preventable deaths in the United States, accounting for about 20% of deaths. Unfortunately, about 25% of Americans still smoke, and 2% to 9% of adults use smokeless tobacco. Because it is a leading cause of various cancers, accounting for 30% of all cancer-related deaths, tobacco consumption causes an estimated 2.5 million premature deaths per year. Furthermore, as we have developed "12 scientifically proven therapies," smoking is the most important modifiable risk factor for the development of coronary artery disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Yet, smoking is proportionately one of the least diagnosed disorders.