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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rose, MD (Private Practice)
Description: This book is a compilation of papers (proceedings) from the Joint European Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Medical Decision Making, 1999. It contains sections on guidelines, knowledge support systems, model based systems, neural and probabilistic networks, knowledge representation, temporal reasoning, machine learning, natural language, and image processing.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide proceeding papers from the conference for reference.
Audience: The audience for this book is those devoted to and already knowledgeable about the aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) as described above.
Features: This is a compilation of papers in proceedings-style, so they vary enormously in quality and interest, as is the usual case with symposia of conferences. The European perspective is interesting, but probably of limited value to the average American reader. Nonetheless, with global healthcare emerging, this book is of some importance to those familiar with and interested in the field. Health informatics experts may learn from some of the key-note observations and papers of relevance to their studies, but this is certainly not a book for a general informatics audience.
Assessment: This book is nicely presented, but of limited utility outside of that of reference research reports and highly specific AI topics. It is, as is the nature of proceedings, disjointed and somewhat non-cohesive. It is of value to those with passionate interest in artificial intelligence and decision support in medicine from a largely European perspective. It is neither good nor bad, but typical of symposium proceedings, and as such has the inherent irregularities of quality and cohesiveness of conference reports.