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
FERRY PC. Books and the Pediatrician: $38 Well Spent. Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(11):1106–1107. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140250032029
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