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January 5, 2005

Preventive Medicine

JAMA. 2005;293(1):101-106. doi:10.1001/jama.293.1.103-a

At first, the prospect of yet another preventive medicine text sent chills down my spine. There are a lot of books out there, each addressing the subject from a slightly different angle and with a slightly different degree of efficiency. Still, although I had not seen the first edition, I was intrigued and opted to review the new one. I am very glad I did.

The first clue that this text had the potential to be much more comprehensive than the average book on the topic is its size, a total of 814 pages. For the most part, the individual topics are those that you would expect. There is a section on the principles of preventive medicine and clinical prevention and another section on the prevention of common clinical problems (cancer, cardiovascular risk prevention, genetics, and infectious diseases). However, there are also extensive sections on behavioral and psychological influences in health and disease, gender issues, and racial and ethnic considerations, as well as nutrition and physical activity. Each chapter is well written, and the text is laid out in an easy-to-read format. In general the book is a pleasure to read.

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