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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary A. Curran, RN, PhD (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
Description: This first edition guide to the Internet presents definitions and explanations about a growing information asset. Appendixes make up over half of the book's content to provide additional information and health related Internet resources.
Purpose: Nurses and other health professionals need to learn more about the Internet. The author's purpose is to provide an educational primer for this group's Internet neophyte and an informational resource for the experienced user.
Audience: Although there are a number of Internet books on the market, there are few focused toward health care providers. This book is intended for nurses and allied health professionals with little or no computer experience. Beginners may, however, have difficulty following some of the explanations. There is a tendency to mix terminology, stop explanations short of real understanding, and write to an audience knowledge level above the beginner. The annotated listing of selected Internet resources makes the organization of the appendix an asset, and the narrative on choosing Internet providers is thorough.
Features: A greater use of illustrations and tables would have been beneficial. The existing visual tools are, however, relevant and informative. A list of additional sources provides direction for further information, but omits reference to on-line resources. There is no mention of the existence of search engines on the World Wide Web.
Assessment: Even though beginners may have trouble understanding some of the content presented in this book, it does make a contribution. Internet information and references relevant to health care providers give a starting point for exploration. The foreword suggests that the publication in paper of an Internet book might be viewed as an anachronism. It does seem that publication in an interactive format might be more ideal and in keeping with the subject.