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A Basic Guide to Online Information Systems for Health Care Professionals

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By Albright Ronald G.. . 296 pages. Information Resource Press; , Arlington, Virginia: . 1988.. $27.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(8):674-675. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-110-8-674_5
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A broad survey of the main online information resources relevant to clinical and research medicine, with details of their contents and search methods: Compuserve; The National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE, and other MEDLARS databases (with attention to Grateful Med, the Library's low-cost, easy-access search program); PaperChase (a proprietary gateway to MEDLINE); the DIALOG databases; BRS/Colleague; MEDIS; and AMA/NET. Some description of the technical basis for online searching. Not likely to be an adequate introduction for computer-naive physicians, but should be helpful to those already comfortable with using a microcomputer for communications. (EJH)


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