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Books, Journals, New Media
July 16, 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.

JAMA. 2003;290(3):406-407. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.406

Professors Bloom and Lambert, global public health titans both, rightly testify that "[v]accines represent the most cost-effective medical intervention known to prevent death and disease." Given the extraordinary importance of global vaccination programs, there is a great—arguably shocking—unmet need for a coherent and readable textbook on the topic. True, there are other excellent textbooks, such as Vaccines, edited by Plotkin and Orenstein (1999) and New Generation Vaccines, edited by Levine et al (1997), both of which are far more comprehensive (four-fold to five-fold more total words) than The Vaccine Book. However, as with many comprehensive texts, both are truly ponderous (about 8 pounds) and expensive ($200-$300 range). Bloom and Lambert set out to fill a genuine niche.