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November 1986

Books and the Pediatrician: $38 Well Spent

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Arizona Health Sciences Center Tucson, AZ 85724

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(11):1106-1107. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140250032029

In 1901, William Osler wrote: "It is astonishing with how little reading a doctor may practice medicine, but it is not astonishing how badly he may do it."1 Osler was right: books are important in the practice of medicine, perhaps now more than ever. However, the competition for their place in pediatrie education is fierce: audiotapes and videotapes, continuing medical education courses, television medical education, and journals, to name a few.

As a longtime book lover, library aficionado, recent book author, member of several editorial boards, and, more recently, book review editor of this journal, I have a special interest in the pediatrie book scene. With the competition from other educational efforts and the economic constraints of our times, I thought the publishing of pediatric books might be undergoing some atrophic changes, but not so, as Almagro notes in this issue.2 Medical book sales are