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HealthNet: Your Essential Resource for the Most Up-to-Date Medical Information Online

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"Jeanne Ryer's wonderful book not only teaches you how to find top-rate medical information quickly and inexpensively—it explains how to understand what you find." — Timothy B. McCall, M.D. Author of Examining Your Doctor

Now you can use the massive information resources available online to improve, enlighten, or even save your life. Whether you're a net novice or a veteran surfer, this user-friendly, straight-shooting guide shows you how to access a full range of traditional and alternative health information. ...

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Overview

"Jeanne Ryer's wonderful book not only teaches you how to find top-rate medical information quickly and inexpensively—it explains how to understand what you find." — Timothy B. McCall, M.D. Author of Examining Your Doctor

Now you can use the massive information resources available online to improve, enlighten, or even save your life. Whether you're a net novice or a veteran surfer, this user-friendly, straight-shooting guide shows you how to access a full range of traditional and alternative health information. It gives you everything you'll need, from effective search strategies and techniques to a master list of over 200 of the best health resources online. You'll also find information on:

  • Support groups that offer tips, information, and a chance to share your story
  • Online health encyclopedias, consumer drug references, newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and journals
  • Government health resources, including the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Health Information Center, and the National Institutes of Health

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Mary A. Curran, RN, PhD (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
Description: This guide to healthcare resources on the Internet is written for a wide audience with varying degrees of expertise. The first four chapters explain content on electronic information access: what the information is; how to find it; how to "bring it home; and, how it can be processed and used. Explanations are well written and understandable. The remaining chapters present explanations and example sources about available health care information, government health resources, online support, self help groups, alternative health care, and reference materials."
Purpose: "People need access to health and medical information for many reasons." However, the author's major purpose isto help the health care consumer use the information resources of the Internet.
Audience: As such, the audience includes health care providers and consumers, novice to expert.
Features: Overall, the book is esthetically pleasing. The graphics, tables, and figures enhance the reader's understanding of the content. While the index is adequate, the glossary is minimal; both sections could use expansion. There is a list "For Further Reading" and three short appendixes that are acceptable additions. They briefly address where to start searches, provide an online master list, and give additional health resources.
Assessment: Regardless of its intended focus, this book does an excellent job of meeting the needs of a broad audience. The book is especially good for the health care consumer, but the neophyte and more experienced Web-searching health care professionals will also find it a worthwhile resource. It is a pleasant change to review a book that does not try to list every Internet resource. Instead the author provides relevant, usable, substantive content about the types of information that are available and how to access them.
Mary A. Curran
This guide to healthcare resources on the Internet is written for a wide audience with varying degrees of expertise. The first four chapters explain content on electronic information access: what the information is; how to find it; how to ""bring it home; and, how it can be processed and used. Explanations are well written and understandable. The remaining chapters present explanations and example sources about available health care information, government health resources, online support, self help groups, alternative health care, and reference materials. ""People need access to health and medical information for many reasons."" However, the author's major purpose isto help the health care consumer use the information resources of the Internet. As such, the audience includes health care providers and consumers, novice to expert. Overall, the book is esthetically pleasing. The graphics, tables, and figures enhance the reader's understanding of the content. While the index is adequate, the glossary is minimal; both sections could use expansion. There is a list ""For Further Reading"" and three short appendixes that are acceptable additions. They briefly address where to start searches, provide an online master list, and give additional health resources. Regardless of its intended focus, this book does an excellent job of meeting the needs of a broad audience. The book is especially good for the health care consumer, but the neophyte and more experienced Web-searching health care professionals will also find it a worthwhile resource. It is a pleasant change to review a book that does not try to list every Internet resource. Instead the author provides relevant, usable,substantive content about the types of information that are available and how to access them.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471137696
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/24/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

JEANNE C. RYER is the coauthor of the best-selling The Internet Companion: A Beginner's Guide to Global Networks. She conducts seminars on online access to health information. Ms. Ryer lives in the foothills of New Hampshire's White Mountains.
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Table of Contents

A World of Information.

What's Out There.

How to Get Started.

Learning the Ropes.

Consumer Health References.

Federal Bulletin Boards: Your Government at Your Service.

Online Self Help Groups, Email, and Mailing Lists.

Alternative Medicine.

Medical Resources and Literature.

Online Periodicals.

Appendices.

Bibliography.

Index.

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