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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary A. Curran, RN, PhD (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
Description: This book contains over 500 pages of Internet sites related to healthcare. Twenty-three categories of healthcare are used to organize the book (e.g., you and your children, diseases and conditions, insurance and managed care, etc.). Each section contains a related group of web sites. Listed sites have the following content: the site address (URL); a picture of the main or home page; and a brief (under 100 words) description of the site.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide "web sites that enrich and expand medical knowledge. "
Audience: The intended audience is consumers, medical doctors, and healthcare professionals. Although the authors have written two other web-related books, no healthcare experience has been identified. There is little content to assist the reader in understanding and actually using the Internet, including the glossary. As a result, this book may not be appropriate for the neophyte.
Features: A CD-ROM comes with the book. Content has been reproduced and included in HTML format, but instructions for use are unclear. In addition, many of the listings are missing web addresses and/or links.
Assessment: Although this book gives the reader access to a plethora of Internet locations, it does not show any specific qualitative evaluations. The preface lists general evaluative criteria for the URL selection, but the book does not document implementation. This omission becomes a greater flaw with consumers as part of the intended audience. This book is a good directory of web sites, but is not appropriate for other uses.