J.W. Allen: The Internet for Surgeons

J.W. Allen: The Internet for Surgeons Eur J Plast Surg (2003) 26:222 DOI 10.1007/s00238-002-0431-3 BOOK REVIEW M. Elahi Springer, New York, 2002, 152 pp (ISBN 0-387-95319-1) Published online: 12 April 2003 © Springer-Verlag 2003 As its title suggests, this book introduces surgeons to the cine portals, with valuable tips on improving the speed Internet. It covers the basics of the Internet, and intro- and accuracy of a particular search. The next two chap- duces the reader to the World Wide Web, browsers, ters, 8 and 9, cover e-mail and chat lines. The author de- e-mail and file transfer protocols. It assumes only a basic scribes the advantages to surgeons in time management, or rudimentary knowledge of computers, and builds a case reporting, internet consultation and obtaining expert foundation for the surgeon to start from. The book cov- opinions on complicated cases. Continuing medical edu- ers the history of the Internet and answers the question cation is addressed in chapter 10 while the remaining “what can the Internet do for me”? A step by step ap- chapters are devoted to web page resources for specialty proach to logging on to the Internet and accessing appli- societies, health organizations and day to day news cations to obtain information pertinent to the practising items. A helpful appendix is added at the end of the book surgeon is described. Significant portions of the book are listing the various internet addresses of prominent de- dedicated to exercises in continuing education, web page partments of surgery. resources for various surgical specialties, and advanced In summary, this text is an introductory review on the medical information searches. This book is divided into Internet and computers, specifically aimed at surgeons. It 14 chapters, beginning with a basic introduction to com- successfully synthesizes the information that is of inter- puters and their general application. Chapters 2–5 cover est to surgeons, and reveals how the Internet truly has hardware issues and information valuable in familiariz- revolutionized the manner in which contemporary sur- ing a surgeon with the various options available today in gery is practiced. Many of the applications of this book computer systems. Chapters 6 and 7 are the most valu- may seem redundant to those individuals familiar with able chapters in dealing with basic and advanced medical computers, but there is certainly a wealth of information information searches. These sections cover the accessing that would simplify searches, internet communications of various search engines, internet surfing and telemedi- and the transmission of information. It is highly recom- mended as an excellent educational resource for sur- geons who are starting to gain experience with comput- ers and the Internet. It provides an important key to un- M. Elahi ( ) locking the gates to the information highway that sur- Southfield, Michigan, USA e-mail: melahi@hotmail.com geons are increasingly required to traverse. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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