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Overview

This book provides an introduction to the Internet for nurses and health-care professionals. It looks at forms of electronic communications across the massive international network, and includes a review of services specific to health care, as well as email information, technical issues and details about the World Wide Web. The up-to-date material considers current developments in information systems within clinical areas, professional bodies,and health authorities and Trusts (including the World Health Organisation, Royal College of Nursing, English National Board and Department of Health). Health on the Information Superhighway is an essential guide for health-care professionals and students who are interested in learning more about the Internet.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Steven Hunt
The book covers the standard Internet services: e-mail, USENET news, FTP, Telnet, Gopher and the World Wide Web. It also discusses getting connected, setting up an online service, and incorporating the Internet into the professional activities of teaching, publishing, and research. Along the way, specific health-related Internet resources are cited to illustrate points in the text and for their own value. The purpose is to introduce the Internet to the novice: what it is, how it is currently being used in the health professions, and how it might be used to better effect in the future. It is also an exhortation to health professionals to avail themselves of this powerful new tool. The audience is healthcare professionals. The book is lucid, well organized, and supplemented with helpful pictures of computer displays where appropriate. The author is knowledgeable and clearly experienced in all of the topics addressed. Professionals in Great Britain will find the inclusion of many local resources refreshing, because so many books of this type seem to use U.S. resources to the exclusion of all others. Inevitably, given the pace of change on the Internet, it is somewhat dated. The chapter on searching for information, for instance, discusses Veronica and Archie at some length, but only mentions that search engines exist for the Web. In general, Gopher is given as much treatment as the Web. The rationale for yet another book on the Internet is that this one targets health professionals, and so is unique. Perhaps, but a book on the Internet is still a book on the Internet. The resources to which one ultimately chooses to connect is somewhat beside the point when discussing the method. Certainly, health professionals will benefit from a guide to Internet resources in their field, but the proper format for such a guide is not a book, but an electronic list that can be easily and quickly updated, or, barring that, a timely item in a periodical. Still, this fine book may be more relevant than others by virtue of its subject-specific examples. A book about the Internet is like a review of a concert. If you can go, your time is better spent at the concert. If you're wavering, the review might nudge you along.
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Reviewer:Steven Hunt, MLIS (Northwestern University)
Description:The book covers the standard Internet services: e-mail, USENET news, FTP, Telnet, Gopher and the World Wide Web. It also discusses getting connected, setting up an online service, and incorporating the Internet into the professional activities of teaching, publishing, and research. Along the way, specific health-related Internet resources are cited to illustrate points in the text and for their own value.
Purpose:The purpose is to introduce the Internet to the novice: what it is, how it is currently being used in the health professions, and how it might be used to better effect in the future. It is also an exhortation to health professionals to avail themselves of this powerful new tool.
Audience:The audience is healthcare professionals.
Features:The book is lucid, well organized, and supplemented with helpful pictures of computer displays where appropriate. The author is knowledgeable and clearly experienced in all of the topics addressed. Professionals in Great Britain will find the inclusion of many local resources refreshing, because so many books of this type seem to use U.S. resources to the exclusion of all others. Inevitably, given the pace of change on the Internet, it is somewhat dated. The chapter on searching for information, for instance, discusses Veronica and Archie at some length, but only mentions that search engines exist for the Web. In general, Gopher is given as much treatment as the Web.
Assessment:The rationale for yet another book on the Internet is that this one targets health professionals, and so is unique.Perhaps, but a book on the Internet is still a book on the Internet. The resources to which one ultimately chooses to connect is somewhat beside the point when discussing the method. Certainly, health professionals will benefit from a guide to Internet resources in their field, but the proper format for such a guide is not a book, but an electronic list that can be easily and quickly updated, or, barring that, a timely item in a periodical. Still, this fine book may be more relevant than others by virtue of its subject-specific examples. A book about the Internet is like a review of a concert. If you can go, your time is better spent at the concert. If you're wavering, the review might nudge you along.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632040728
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Glossary
1 Introduction 1
2 Connecting to the Network 10
3 Health-Related Resources 17
4 Libraries and Related Resources 25
5 Commercial Uses of the Net 35
6 Electronic Publishing 48
7 Distributed Teaching Resources 57
8 Setting Up an On-Line Service 66
9 Telnet: Logging into Computer Systems 74
10 Downloading Files: ftp 79
11 Electronic Mail (Email) 88
12 Electronic Mail Lists 100
13 USENET Newsgroups 104
14 Netiquette 117
15 Gopher 121
16 The World Wide Web 131
17 Uniform Resource Locators 137
18 Searching for Information: Indexes and Resource Lists 143
References 151
Index 154
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