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From The CriticsReviewer: Fred K. Kirchner, Jr., MD(Vanderbilt University School of Medicine)
Description: This book is the latest in a series of annuals. It abstracts what the editors consider the most significant articles in urology from the 1994 literature.
Purpose: The Year Book process selects significant papers from a survey of a large number of journals. Each abstract is followed by a critique written by a person knowledgeable in the particular topic. Thus, each abstract is put into perspective for the reader.
Audience: The audience is primarily practitioners in urology and its related specialties. The editors and contributing editors represent a broad cross-section of academic urologists.
Features: The abstracted articles are grouped into 32 subject headings. Illustrations and tables are used sparingly but appropriately. Each abstract is followed by a critique written by one of the contributing editors. The critiques are occasionally supplemented with their own references. The introduction also includes a listing of papers that, in the opinion of the editors, represent the most significant articles abstracted.
Assessment: The book's primary value is that articles from a large number of journals, many of them outside the realm of traditional urology, are presented. Obviously, any book of this sort is subject somewhat to selection bias of the editors, but on the whole, I think they have collected a nice representation of the significant advances and contributions to the field during the previous year.