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Books, Journals, New Media
November 10, 2004


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(18):2276-2280. doi:10.1001/jama.292.18.2277

“Can you buy me the encyclopedia?” are words many of us will remember saying to our parents when we were youngsters. Encyclopedias once were the easiest way to access information, obviating trips to multiple sources. Encyclopedias of the past comprised many volumes and had information on every imaginable subject, however obscure.

In this context Leonard R. Johnson, PhD, has compiled the Encyclopedia of Gastroenterology. He is to be commended for meeting the definition of an encyclopedia; the three volumes touch the universe of gastroenterology topics, from obscure to the usual suspects. Guanilyn has three pages, and hepatitis D and E are found as well.