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December 4, 1987

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology

JAMA. 1987;258(21):3174-3175. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400210118038

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The latest edition of the encyclopedia marks the 25th anniversary of its publication. This remarkable work remains a leading authority for in-depth coverage of all areas of science and technology for lay readers from students to researchers.

The current edition has been expanded from 15 to 20 volumes to include developments since the 1982 edition. New and expanded entries are included for such fields as telecommunications, theoretical physics, geology, nuclear engineering, and computers.

Information is presented in an attractive and well-organized format in 19 volumes, with volume 20 containing the indexes. Extensive use of boldface type, the inclusion of 15 000 illustrations, and tables printed in two colors all add to the readability of the text.

As in past editions, the 7700 articles are arranged alphabetically for ease of access. The reader is guided from these lead articles to more information by more than 50 000 cross-references. Most of the