The amount of medical information available on the Internet is mindboggling, if not mind-numbing. And what do you find once you wade into these cyberwaters is often so contradictory, confusing, or suspect that it is easy to feel more addled than assisted by the plethora of articles, advertising, and medical reports. Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites bring order to this chaos. As medical correspondent on NBC's Today show and a regular columnist for Time, Dr. Smith hears from many people with medical questions. In addition to personally addressing their concerns, he constantly researches medical websites that provide further explanation. This guide reflects Dr. Smith's selections of the top general medical sites as well as the best sites in every medical specialty. Each site listing includes a short summary and ratings that take into account, among other things: -links and navigability -sources of content -interactivity -frequency of site updates Now you no longer have to become an Internet search expert to find the information you need in caring for your health and that of those you love.
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October 30, 2001
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Excerpt from Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites by Ian K. Smith
Every week my e-mail box is full of thousands of requests for medical information from readers of my columns in Time magazine and the New York Daily News, and from viewers of my reports on NBC's Today show and WNBC-TV in New York City. Most of their questions concern where on the Internet they can find websites that will provide them with accurate and current information about a specific medical condition.
I have often wished in the past that I had a reference to recommend, but there really isn't any convenient book that rates the thousands of sites I have encountered that offer medical information. Since I spend so much of my time on the Internet using websites to research diseases, it simply made sense to me that I could use my vast experience and write the book myself.
There are thousands of medical websites on the Internet that offer everything from specific advice to research findings, but there is no real classification system that tells consumers the reliability of the information or the credentials of the sources providing the information. The website listings in this book represent what in my judgment are the best health websites on the Internet. With a few exceptions, I have excluded retail sites or sites that are sponsored by private companies, in an attempt to collect sources providing the most impartial information available.