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Book and Media Reviews
September 6, 2006

Academic Medicine

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2006;296(9):1141-1144. doi:10.1001/jama.296.9.1142

This readable guide comprises a lifetime of advice about the ins and outs, pluses and minuses of embarking upon and succeeding in an academic medical career. It is written somewhat from a primary care slant, not surprising since the author, Robert B. Taylor, MD, spent much of his career in academic practice as a family physician as well as a department head. The book reflects both perspectives but is not so narrowly written as to preclude someone anticipating a career in a different specialty from finding useful ideas and advice.