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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This terrific little book is packed with useful guidance for consumers wishing to find reliable information on herbs and herbal remedies on the Internet. It discusses navigating sites, finding and using e-discussion groups, and accessing commercial and medical sites for herbal information and evidence.
Purpose: It is intended as a guide to the best online resources for herbal information. The author presents web sites, search tools, listservs, databases, and chat rooms that will help consumers (and healthcare professionals) find reliable information on safety and effectiveness of many herbs.
Audience: Consumers and healthcare professional alike are bound to find this book very useful. It is user friendly for both the novice and sophisticated Internet user. The author has expertise in library and knowledge management, holds an appointment in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, and has previously published on herbal medicine online.
Features: The book takes a simple approach to the Internet, starting with Internet basics and web navigation. Included is material on understanding web addresses and browsers, even tips to enlarge text to avoid eyestrain! The book moves through chat rooms and discussion groups into specific web sites on herbs. Medical and governmental web sites are emphasized, because of their scientific information. Herbal safety and efficacy and certain diseases and conditions where herbal treatment may be useful are included.
Assessment: I know of no other comparable resource and highly recommend this gem of a book!