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Books, Journals, New Media
November 3, 2004

Substance Abuse

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. 2004;292(17):2153-2159. doi:10.1001/jama.292.17.2156

The first two sentences of chapter 1 are still the same:

Ethanol, or beverage alcohol, is an organic molecule composed of two carbon atoms, six hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. This molecule seemingly carries little chemical information in its structure but generates myriad effects in the central nervous (CNS) and in the peripheral organs of mammals and other organisms.

Is it me, or do these sentences fairly sing? Despite such eloquence, having reviewed the second edition of this book in 1999, I wondered how much would be new in the third edition. I need not have been concerned. The third edition, expanded and rewritten, is an altogether new and updated work.