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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jenny Pierce, MS (Philadelphia FIGHT)
Description: This book covers illness specific to men. Individual articles/chapters lead to some duplication, but a good variety of resources are described.
Purpose: There is no preface, but the back cover states the purpose is to be a quide to health resources on the Internet for men. Since the authors state that men are less likely to see a medical provider, this could be an important resource. The book does provide many Internet resources and, although there is some duplication depending on the condition, the book meets the objectives.
Audience: The book is written for librarians. The authors include librarians in medical institutions and one RN. They are credible authorities in the field of Internet resources.
Features: Covered in the book, which was simultaneously published as an issue of Health Care on the Internet, are conditions that are specific to men and resources just for men on more general health conditions. Topics range from cancer to baldness, but it is not clear how the topics were selected. Each chapter/article by itself is very complete. There is no overarching format so each article is a little different in style. Some articles have graphics that are screen shots from a computer, but they are very small and don't seem to serve any purpose.
Assessment: I would recommend this book. There are some problems, but they are minor compared to the value of the resources. If, as the authors state, one in every 10 men has avoided getting a physical in the last 10 years, it is hoped that resources like this can be used to help them start taking care of their health.