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Book and Media Reviews
May 24/31, 2006


Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(20):2415-2420. doi:10.1001/jama.295.20.2419

The editors of this unique book state that its primary mission is to describe “the long-term care and follow-up of patients with implanted prosthetic devices.” The book is sure to be of interest to a wide range of readers, including primary care practitioners, specialists, patients, families, and attorneys. As the authors point out, the existence of this book is “evidence for the incredible scientific achievements of recent years.”

The organization adds to the book's usefulness. The first 10 chapters provide a comprehensive overview of the field, including history, analysis of surveillance tests, cost of follow-up, factors affecting clinical strategies, “A View From the US Food and Drug Administration,” “Societal Issues,” databases, the basic science of tissue reaction, prevention of infection, and “Computer Modeling.” Each of these well-written chapters provides a wealth of information applicable to all types of implanted devices. One of the most important features of these chapters and the others is the list of resources, including Web sites, for further information (for instance, on manufacturers, resource groups, and government resources). Each chapter has an excellent list of current references.