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We realize that many physicians and other healthcare professionals may be over-whelmed by the extraordinary number of search engines to choose from, and the difficulty in finding very specific information that may only appear in a few locations on the Web. Our aim, therefore, has been to organize this book logically, topic by topic, giving descriptions of Web sites that we feel our readers will want to visit. To access a Web site, the user can type in the provided Web address (URL). The access code included on the title page of this volume provides access to our Web site.
This book has been divided into sections, providing ease of access to material. The first part this book is devoted solely to respiratory and pulmonary medicine resources, including clinical information, disorder profiles, glossaries, current news sources, electronic journals, latest books, statistics, clinical studies, "supersites," therapies, and numerous topical resources.
The second part of the book is focused on the broad fields of medicine reference, clinical practice, and patient education. We have listed online databases and general medical resources, sources of current news and legislation, library access sites, government agencies in the health field, pharmaceutical data, student resources, and patient planning information.
Although much of the material in this book is intended for a professional, medical audience, key patient Web resources are also provided. Physicians may wish to refer patients to these sites. Many patient sites include up-to-date news and research and clear descriptions of diseases and their treatments.
As this "Internet World of Information" has grown exponentially, the need for organizational tools in each medical discipline has increased. It is impossible to grasp the extent and depth of information resources that now can be consulted on any topic, disease, therapy, drug protocol, procedure, or practice. While search engines are useful, they do not provide an orderly overview of a body of information, only a way to access it if one knows the objective in advance.
The field of Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine can be explored in all its dimensions through the Internet, since every journal, association, medical school department, research program, and government agency dealing with these areas has its own Web site. This guide provides a detailed and fully-indexed manual to these resources. From articles that can be found using citation and full-text search tools to extensive data on individual disorders and clinical issues, the medical professional can locate any important fact or new development that may be useful in his or her clinical or research work.
Respiratory & Pulmonary Medicine: An Internet Resource Guide is designed to be helpful in two ways. It is like a mirror image of a textbook, providing all of the typical chapter topics and leading the reader to the appropriate Web sites for details. On a second level, it is like a yearbook, with professional information covering every aspect of the field in a timely fashion. There are daily news Web sites just for respiratory and pulmonary medicine, more electronic journals than any one library stocks, and dozens of associations with all of their activities, conferences, and research.
Perhaps even more important is the fact that this body of information is also available at a dedicated Web site, so that every item in the printed edition can be consulted with the click of a mouse.
Time is the professional's most valuable commodity. Allocating time for reading, conference participation, research, and clinical practice management is a more difficult job than ever. This new book, and its companion Web site offering the same informa-tion, can help manage this scarce resource more efficiently. It can enable a great deal of work to be performed through the Internet from any convenient location-the clinic, the laboratory, the classroom, or from home, as long as a personal computer is at hand.
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