Healthcare resource and reference guide /
editor, Lorri A. Zipperer ; deputy editor, Brian P. Pace ; Division of Library and Information Management.
Chicago, IL : American Medical Association, c1993.
410 p.
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Chicago, IL : American Medical Association, c1993.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-12:
The AMA developed this dictionary-style guide to address recurring inquiries received by its library's reference and referral center. The result is an odd assortment of information. Many entries consist simply of one or two organizational addresses; others include citations to government or AMA publications, definitions of terms, text of AMA policies and guidelines, and reprints of lengthy essays. No cross-references are provided between such related entries as "Aging" and "Geriatrics" or "AIDS" and "HIV," although an index at the end of the volume improves access to connected topics. The intended audience, practicing physicians, is indicated in the introduction and by the choice of topics that merit lengthy discussion, e.g., "Billings and Collections" and "Gifts to Physicians from Industry"; the entry on "Smoking" includes suggested titles of waiting-room magazines that exclude cigarette advertising. A 60-page appendix provides extensive background on the AMA's history, services, and publications. The eclectic nature of this guide severely diminishes its value to a library reference collection; individual physicians or medical students may find it handy to keep at their desks. L. N. Pander; Bowdoin College
Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-10-15:
This volume, which grew out of the responses of the Reference and Referral Center of the American Medical Association (AMA) Library to frequently asked questions, aims to be a ready reference source for small medical practices and other physicians without convenient access to a medical library. Broken down into general subject areas, the guide is organized alphabetically, providing information on such topics as medical ethics, healthcare professions, professional liability, and so forth. The listings for organizations are disappointing, with only a few providing the organization's scope of activities. Some of these entries also contain out-of-date information. There are no cross references, and the index is incomplete. Despite its shortcomings, this book does contain some interesting material about the AMA, its policies and publications, practice management, and other practical information, which physicians and medical librarians may find helpful. Recommended (with reservations) for medical libraries only.-- Kathleen McQuiston, Philadelphia Coll. of Pharmacy & Science
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Library Journal, October 1993
Reference & Research Book News, November 1993
Choice, December 1993
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