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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathryn L. Fowler, MLS RN-BC(UPMC Passavant)
Description: Contrary to the authors' demurrals, this book easily will take any healthcare provider from novice to savvy Internet user in minutes. The goal isn't to teach medicine, but to help readers find quality tools and medical information without spending hours online.
Purpose: The authors recognize that the majority of patients are trolling the Internet looking for diagnoses and treatment options. By starting the book with a glossary of terms, everyone is speaking the same language.
Audience: This book will attract physicians, but it could be used by college faculty and students, reference librarians, patients, and the entire multidisciplinary team.
Features: The 155-page book contains 20 chapters of descriptions in laymen's terms, reasons for using a site or tools, and screenshots. The detailed table of contents will not intimidate new searchers and the short sections will not overwhelm them. Cartoons similar to Gary Larson's The Far Side separate the chapters. This book answers the Internet questions that readers are afraid to ask: what is an RSS feed, what is tagging, how do I stop getting millions of results on a Google search, what's the difference between a blog and a wiki, etc. It is easy to read cover-to-cover and then refer to later.
Assessment: With any resource of this nature, new material is being produced every day. The authors have very thoughtfully provided tools that range from comfortable to cutting edge. In several years, today's cutting-edge tools will be comfortable for most of the population. I look forward to a second edition that introduces and makes the future Internet user-friendly to all.