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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Phyllis McCulloch, BA, MLS (Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital)
Description: This eclectic compilation includes entries on professional and consumer health organizations, brief articles about socioeconomic health issues, definitions of health professions, excerpts and citations from AMA publications, and other health related information. Entries are alphabetical in a dictionary style format. Lori Zipperer, MALS, Information Project Manager of the AMA's National Patient Care Safety Foundation, is the editor, and many entries were submitted by AMA staff.
Purpose: This book is not intended to be comprehensive; it is meant to provide convenient, affordable access to information on heath and medical care to individuals and organizations, particularly those without access to medical libraries or medical librarians.
Audience: Physicians, practice managers, medical librarians, insurance companies, law firms, management consultants, and the public are listed as the intended audience. Students in the health professions may find it useful also.
Features: Nicely laid out and easy to read, the absence of illustrations is unimportant given the dictionary-style content. The book is well indexed; "see" and "see also" references appear only in the index. Instructions for using the almanac are helpful. Extensive information on the AMA, "think pieces" and essays, and display copies of the Hippocratic Oath, Patient Bill of Rights, and Principles of Medical Ethics are included.
Assessment: This almanac is not intended to be all-inclusive and information included here can be found elsewhere in most medical libraries. It would be useful on a physician's office shelf for quick reference, AMA information and policies, general browsing, and organization phone numbers for patient education. It could be useful for public libraries, general academic libraries and health administration organizations but not recommended for any but the smallest hospital library. Changes in telephone numbers, URL's, and addresses justify the new edition.