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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dolores Zegar Judkins, MLS, AHIP (Oregon Health and Science University)
Description: This book continues the tradition of listing current, reliable sources of health information for consumers and librarians in books, pamphlets, websites, and from organizations. It is a complete revision of the previous edition in 1998.
Purpose: The purpose is "to provide a comprehensive guide to the thousands of popular health information resources (both print and electronic) of value to the general public." With the increase in consumers wanting health information, this book fills the need for finding reliable sources of information.
Audience: All medical and public librarians can use this resource for collection development and as a reader's advisory. It is an invaluable tool for health educators. Practitioners may want to have copies available in their offices as a resource for their patients.
Features: Virtually very aspect of healthcare is covered in this book, and the selected items are current and reliable. New to this edition are chapters on consumer health web sites, complementary and alternative medicine books, and Spanish language pamphlets, as well as an expanded chapter on finding consumer health information on the Internet. Unfortunately, a few subject sections, such as hospitals, were left out and do not seem to be included in any other section. This edition is more than 100 pages longer than the previous edition. A major shortcoming is the lack of URLs for associations and organizations, since many of them have consumer health information on the Internet. The same should have been done for the pamphlet section, since many of the pamphlets are available on the Internet.
Assessment: This book is a major accomplishment, and the fact that it is frequently updated makes it continually useful. It should be in all libraries that include health resources, and will be heavily used in consumer health libraries in particular.