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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert Hogan, MD (Kaiser Permanente)
Description: This is a guidebook to medical resources on the Internet.
Purpose: The book will take the novice from the selection of appropriate hardware through the selection of online services and browsers, into a large selection of actual sites.
Audience: This work is intended primarily for health professionals but it could be used by anyone with an interest in health-related Internet resources.
Features: The book's 320 pages are divided into two main sections. The first addresses "Getting Connected." It then proceeds to "Internet Medical Resources," complete with brief descriptions and ratings of Internet sites.
Assessment: Any clinician unfamiliar with personal computers could read this text and be ready for cyberspace. A second edition would be enhanced by more generous use of graphics, and particularly color, because the Internet is highly graphical. The floppy disk included contains a generous selection of Web sites, although the files could be more conveniently contained as bookmarked files from a common browser or even a text file. A CD-ROM with Web pages would make an interesting addition. Web sites are coded for content with icons and a written description of each site is provided; sites are categorized by specialty (e.g., cancer, cardiology) or field (osteopathy, dentistry). Informatics professionals will find insufficient depth.