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This book's stated purpose is to give both the professional and the patient a tool for finding reliable health information on the Internet. Web sites in more than 40 categories are reviewed by subject experts, mostly nurses but also two health science librarians who contribute to the introductory chapter. These experts were asked to select one to six sites and review them for relevance to consumers using five evaluation criteria: authority/source, purpose/objectivity, content, currency, and design. Written in narrative form, the reviews follow a structured outline. In addition, each chapter begins with an introduction that often includes key points to consider when evaluating sites related to the topic, one of the book's most useful features. An appendix indexes the sites by title, including the URL and an indication of languages other than English. This guide serves as an excellent introduction to consumer health resources on the web. It is definitely a better value than the expensive Patient Resources on the Internet (Faulkner & Gray, 1997), which is more about the topic than a directory. However, for quick reference on specific topics, one would do better to search MEDLINEplus (http://medlineplus.gov) or one of the other general sites recommended by this book, by the Medical Library Association Top 10 (http://www.mlanet.org/resources/ medspeak/topten.html), or by Websites You Can Trust from the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of MLA (http:// caphis.mlanet.org/consumer/index.html). Nevertheless, this is particularly useful for students or those new to the web, and it is recommended for all libraries seeking a current reference work on this topic, especially those designing consumer health web sites. Margaret Allen, Lib. Consultant, Stratford, WI
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book will help you find the most reliable sources of health information on the Internet. The sites in this book have been selected and reviewed by expert nurses in over 40 specialties. Sites have been reviewed for accuracy, currency, sponsorship, ease of use by the general public, and availability in languages in addition to English. The result is a treasure of information sources for patients and health care professionals.

For professionals:
This book will help you find the most reliable sources of health information on the Internet for your patients. All the sites in this book have been selected and reviewed by expert nurses in over 40 specialties, most of them nursing educators with doctoral degrees. Sites have been reviewed for ease of use by the general public, accuracy, currency, sponsorship, and availability in languages besides English. The result is a treasure of information sources, all judged accurate and current by knowledgeable professionals.

For consumers:
This book will help you find the most reliable sources of health information on the Internet. All the sites in this book have been selected and reviewed by expert nurses in over 40 health specialties. Sites have been reviewed for ease of use by the general public, accuracy, currency, sponsorship, and availability in languages besides English. The result is a treasure of information sources, all judged accurate and current by knowledgeable professionals.

All purpose:
This book gives both the professional and patient a tool for finding reliable health information on the Internet. All the sites in this book have been selected and reviewed by expert nurses in over 40 specialties, most of them nursing educators with doctoral degrees. Sites have been reviewed for ease of use by the general public, accuracy, currency, sponsorship, and availability in languages besides English. The result is a treasure of information sources, all judged accurate and current by knowledgeable professionals.

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