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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Heidi L. Marshall, MLS, AHIP (Washington Hospital)
Description: This is a worthy contribution to Internet collections provides current and valuable content to physicians and healthcare professionals seeking reliable Internet Web sites.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to "focus on the medical aspects of the Internet and its use." The book is worthy of its subject matter, and the objectives are met quite well.
Audience: The book is written for the medical student, resident, or practitioner. It is not targeted to any particular specialty, due to the fact that its content examines the Internet for all physicians. The author does not select any particular specialty, but he reviews a variety of medical Web sites. The author appears to have researched the subject matter well, and is a credible authority
Features: The author examines what pertinent medical information can be found on the Internet. He discusses how best to navigate the Web. He includes what equipment is available, and he recommends the search engines that are most efficient for physicians to use. The appendix entitled Health Related Internet Resources is particularly useful as a complete listing of medical Web sites that any practitioner or medical librarian will find valuable. However, this appendix possibly could become outdated quickly, thus requiring a 4th edition.
Assessment: Due to the ever changing nature of the Internet, the author is totally justified in writing a 3rd edition. I have required several books of this nature in the past, and this one is every bit as useful as any in the field. The is book is practical for use by the Internet novice as well as the seasoned Web surfer. I would recommend this book for personal purchase, and also as a valuable addition to the library collection.