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Books, Journals, New Media
February 12, 2003


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. 2003;289(6):761. doi:10.1001/jama.289.6.761-a

Do we need two more journals for the evolving specialty of pain medicine? That the two major organizations of pain specialists in the United States, the American Pain Society and the American Academy of Pain Medicine, have chosen to offer independent journals is not surprising. Their introduction does, however, add to the volume of reading demanded of the pain medicine specialist who struggles to keep up with clinical practice, add new evaluation techniques and treatment modalities, and comprehend scientific research findings. The caliber of these organizations and of their scientific meetings would suggest that their journals will contain worthwhile subject matter with both a basic science and a clinical orientation.