Infectious Diseases & Immunology: An Internet Resource Guide, July 2000-June 2001

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Each eMedguide.com physician guide contains reviews of over 1,500 information-packed Web sites in each specialty. The focus of this volume is infectious diseases and immunology. We have approached the compilation of this directory from the point of view of the professional practitioner and researcher, by organizing and heavily indexing topics and disorders, and associations and government agencies, so that we lead you directly to the right destination on the Internet. Our medical compilers are trained professionals, and have written and rated Web sites in every category to let you know ahead of time what you can expect to find.

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 infectious diseases and immunology 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.

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The Information Age entered a new chapter when the Internet was established, and the field of medical information has been one of the fastest growing sectors of the World Wide Web. It is now estimated that 25% of Internet activity relates to medicine and health. Today's physicians and researchers have new search engines and databases available to them right from their offices or laboratories, making their desktop computers a gateway to instantaneous fact-finding, journal searches, medical planning, and clinical practice management.

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 fields of Infectious Diseases and Immunology can be explored in all their dimen-sions through the Internet, since every journal, association, medical school depart-ment, research program, and government agency dealing with the field has its own Web site. Infectious Diseases and Immunology: An Internet Resource Guide provides a detailed and fully-indexed guide 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 develop-ment that may be useful in his or her clinical or research work.

This directory 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 profes-sional information covering every aspect of the field in a timely fashion. There are daily news Web sites just for infectious diseases and immunology, 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 our 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 information plus additions and updates, 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 office, the laboratory, or from home, as long as a personal computer is at hand.

About the Author:

John G. Bartlett, M.D. is the consulting editor for Infectious Diseases & Immunology: An Internet Resource Guide, July 2000-June 2001.

Dr. Bartlett is Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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