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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dave Thomas, MD (Kaiser Permanente Rocky Mountain Region)
Description: This books gives a general description of the Internet and the tools used to access it. The reader, aided by examples and figures, is given step-by-step instructions of how to use these tools to gather information.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach physicians how to get online and use the available information. The hesitancy many clinicians have towards using computers and the Internet make this book a needed resource. The authors easily achieve their goal.
Audience: While the authors state the book is intended for practicing physicians, it would be valuable to any clinician who has yet to use e-mail or the Internet to enhance their medical practice. With the book stemming from the AMA's Physicians Accessing the Internet Project, the content and structure are appropriate to meet the authors' goals.
Features: This book teaches the basics of the Internet, web browsers, searches, and e-mail. Emphasis is given to medical uses, such as searches for articles and medical web sites, and the use of medical newsgroups. Clinical cases and an index of valuable medical web sites show the practical uses of these new skills. Explanations and illustrations of each step make learning very easy. Likewise, definitions of new terms given in the page margins help the reader make quick progress through each lesson.
Assessment: This is an easy-to-understand Internet guide that is useful to a clinician at a beginner level. While intermediate users may find the discussion of searches or newsgroups beneficial, this book would likely be of little use to an experienced user. The clarity of this book makes it a great place for a beginner to start.