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The internet boils down to just two things- communication and information- both of which lie at the core of medical practice. The internet's contribution to medicine is no longer mere potential. Rather, it offers the tangible inducements of efficacy, resource sharing, accessibility, knowledge procurement, and economy. This third edition of this original and best-selling book about the internet for doctors and medical students has been completely revised and updated. The editor has assembled a team of expert contibutors to produce an unmatched, compact volume of accurate information and respected opinion. The internet is here to stay and doctors are getting online in ever-increasing numbers. For those who already have access, this book will stimulate their exploration of online resources and topical issues. Adapting to the changing requirements of its readers, Medicine and the Internet is tailored to the needs of both beginner and enthusiast, while acknowledging that providing clear, readily accessible knowledge is paramount. Meidicine and trh Internet:*Uniquely focuses on the application of internet and technologies from a clinical point of view.*Comprehensively covers using the internet for medical communications, clinical care, medical education, consumer health information, medical research, publishing, and commerce.*Considers key issues surrounding online medical advice, copyright, confidentiality, information quality, equitable access, and 'e-health' ethics.*Providers real-world examples illustrating how the internet can provide solutions to everyday problems.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Shaun Grannis, MD (Indiana University Medical Center)
Description: This book provides the clinician a broad overview of the Internet and information technology as they relate to healthcare. A wide range of topics are covered, varying from accessing the Internet to performing research online. An abundance of online resources and references are provided for further exploration at the end of each chapter. The previous edition was published in 1997.
Purpose: The book provides the technically inexperienced healthcare provider a comprehensive discussion of the issues specifically relating to medical use of the Internet. As the Internet becomes ubiquitous in our lives, clinicians must understand how information will affect the practice of medicine and healthcare in general. This is a worthy, and relevant objective. The book begins with fundamental introductory concepts and expands into more complex issues such as patient communication and clinical research using the Internet. It also provides a valuable comprehensive glossary of technical terms defined using lay terminology.
Audience: According to the editor, the book is written for health professionals to address their changing communication and information needs. The content is applicable to a wide audience including medical students, resident physicians, physician assistants, and practicing physicians of all specialties who are interested in broadening their understanding of Internet technology. Further, allied healthcare professionals such as nurses and others actively involved in point-of-care health delivery would benefit from this book. The editor and contributing authors demonstrate appropriate knowledge and credentialing in the field of medical informatics. Dr. McKenzie has both edited and contributed content since the book's inception.
Features: The book begins with an in-depth overview of the history of the Internet and a clear description of the capabilities available via the Internet. These capabilities include e-mail, web-based medical records, telemedicine, and patient education. A general strength of this book is its use of non-technical language. Concepts are presented using easily understandable terms, and insightful analogies are provided when appropriate. Prior to each chapter a content outline called an "INFOpulse" is provided. To further the reader's understanding, a comprehensive glossary of technical terms using lay terminology is included.
Assessment: The book flows well. Concepts are presented in a vocabulary appropriate for the healthcare professional with no prior information technology background. It addresses the needs of the individual interested in learning about health-care related Internet issues. This book could easily form the basis for a Internet technology course in medical school or residency. In domains of information technology, particularly the Internet, the "state of the art" changes rapidly. (This concept of rapid change over a short time is called "Internet time.") Therefore, a third edition is justified, as a fourth edition will be justified in 2-3 years.
British Medical Journal
The authors are to be congratulated: this is a cut above most medical internet guides in its ambition and scope, and orders what can often seem a chaotic field in a clear and educational manner.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198510635
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce McKenzie is a GP practising in North Derbyshire. He is the author of the two previous editions of this book.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
1.1 Introducing the Internet 5
1.2 Access to the Internet 15
1.3 Introducing e-mail 25
1.4 Introducing the Web 33
2 Using the Internet to communicate 47
2.1 Communicating with colleagues 51
2.2 Communicating with patients 61
2.3 Communicating in groups 73
3 Using the Internet for clinical care 83
3.1 Accessing evidence-based practice 87
3.2 Clinical information and decision support-systems 103
3.3 Telemedicine consultations 115
3.4 Security, privacy, and confidentiality issues 127
4 Using the Internet for medical education 137
4.1 Undergraduate medical education 141
4.2 Continuing professional development 155
5 Using the Internet for patient education 165
5.1 Information for patients 169
6 Using the Internet for research 179
6.1 Accessing MEDLINE 183
6.2 Searching the medical Web 197
6.3 Facilitating research 211
7 Using the Internet for publishing and commerce 227
7.1 Medical publishing 231
7.2 Medical commerce 243
7.3 Information quality issues 257
Conclusion 269
Glossary 273
Index 291
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