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Am Fam Physician. 2000 Feb 15;61(4):1212-1215.

Medline: a Guide to Effective Searching

By Brian S. Katcher. Pp. 149. Price, $29.00/$45.00. Ashbury Press, 736 Ashbury St., San Francisco, CA 94117, 1999. Phone: 415-665-5920. ISBN: 0-967-34450-6.

With the increasing number of ways to find and collect information electronically, come problems. This book could help the family physician understand and negotiate some of the complexities involved in searching for medical literature through the Medline system.

The book begins with a historical perspective on the National Medical Library, followed by a detailed explanation of the way the library indexes journal articles. The author states that to retrieve adequate information from this system, a good understanding of the indexing system is necessary.

The next sections of the book walk the reader through Medline searches by discussing relevant topics such as ways to limit searches by using Medical Subject Headings (MESH), publication types, date of publication, author names or titles of publication. The author demonstrates how each one of these steps can be used to improve the timeliness and quality of the Medline search.

The final section of the book, which gives the reader information on ways to frame questions for individual searches, provides helpful hints on starting a search even for the user who has little or no experience with literature searches.

Throughout, the book maintains a simple and basic structure that allows even those with few computer skills or minimal to no experience with literature searches to comprehend and successfully use the information. For readers at these initial levels, the book can serve as a helpful starting point. In general, most search engines are now quite user friendly and complete with tutorials to assist first-time users. In my opinion, this book does not possess any information that cannot be retrieved from the Internet for free.

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Ambulatory Pediatric Care

Edited by Robert A. Dershewitz. Pp. 1106. Price, $67.50. 3d ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 12105 Insurance Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740-5176, 1999. Phone: 800-633-1851. ISBN: 0-781-71014-6.

Disordered Personalities

By David J. Robinson. Pp. 405. Price, $34.95. 2d ed. Rapid Psychler Press, 3560 Pine Grove Ave., Ste. 374, Port Haven, MI 48060, 1999. Phone: 888-779-2453. ISBN: 0-968-20944-0.

Genetic Medicine: A Logic of Disease

By Barton Childs. Pp. 326. Price, $55.00. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-4319, 1999. Phone: 800-537-5487. ISBN: 0-801-86130-6.

Genograms: Assessment and Intervention

By Monica McGoldrick, Randy Gerson and Sylvia Shellenberger. Pp. 234. Price, $17.00. Norton, 500 5th Ave., New York, NY 10100-0017, 1999. Phone: 800-233-4830. ISBN: 0-393-70294-4.

Healing from the Heart

By Mehmet Oz. Pp. 202. Price, $12.95. Plume, Penguin Putnam, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 1999. Phone: 800-526-0275. ISBN: 0-525-94410-9.

Health Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners

By Stephen Rollnick, Pip Mason and Chris Butler. Pp. 240. Price, $19.00. Harcourt Brace, 525 B St., Ste. 1900, San Diego, CA 92101-4495, 1999. Phone: 800-544-6678. ISBN: 0-443-05850-4.

Hypertension Management: Clinical Pathways, Guidelines and Patient Education

Edited by Jo Gulledge. Price, $69.00. Aspen Publishers, 200 Orchard Ridge Dr., Ste. 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, 1999. Phone: 800-638-8437. ISBN: 0-834-21702-3.

Labor Day: Shared Experiences from the Delivery Room

Edited by Ann-Marie Giglio. Pp. 289. Price, $8.95. Workman Publishing, 708 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-9555, 1999. Phone: 212-254-5900. ISBN: 0-761-10242-6.

Long-Term Care Insurance Made Simple

By Les Abromovitz. Pp. 220. Price, $14.95. Health Information Press, 4727 Wilshire Blvd., #300, Los Angeles, CA 90010, 1999. Phone: 800-633-7467. ISBN: 1-885-98714-5.

Numb Toes and Aching Soles: Coping with Peripheral Neuropathy

By John A. Senneff. Pp. 336. Price, $19.95. MedPress, P.O. Box 691546, San Antonio, TX 78269, 1999. Phone: 888-633-9898. ISBN: 0-967-11071-8.

Nutritional and Environmental Influences on the Eye

Edited by Allen Taylor. Pp. 285. Price, $129.95. CDC Press, 2000 N.W. Corporate Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33431, 1999. Phone: 800-311-3435. ISBN: 0-849-38565-2.

Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties

By Judith Collier, Murray Longmore and Torquil Duncan Brown. Pp. 807. Price, $29.95. Oxford University Press, 198 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. Phone: 800-445-9714. ISBN: 0-192-62943-3.

Pediatric Pain Management and Sedation Handbook

Edited by Myron Yaster, Elliot Krane, Richard Kaplan, Charles Cote and Dorothy Lappe. Pp. 674. Price $36.95. Mosby, 11830 Westline Industrial Dr., St. Louis, MO 63146, 1999. Phone: 800-426-4545. ISBN: 0-815-19516-8.

The People's Pharmacy Guide to Home and Herbal Remedies

By Joe Graedon and Taresa Graedon. Pp. 464. Price, $27.95. St. Martin's Press, 175 Ave., New York, NY 10010, 1999. Phone: 212-674-5151. ISBN: 0-312-20779-4.

Serving Minority Elders in the 21st Century

Edited by May L. Wykle and Amasa B. Ford. Pp. 340. Price, $46.95. Springer Publishing, 536 Broadway, New York, NY 10012-3955. Phone: 212-460-1500. ISBN: 0-826-11255-2.

Sexual Medicine in Primary Care

By William L. Maurice. Pp. 366. Price, $39.95. Mosby, 11830 Westline Industrial Dr., St. Louis, MO 64146, 1999. Phone: 800-426-4545. ISBN: 0-815-12797-9.

Sports Medicine for Parents and Coaches

By Daniel J. Boyle. Pp. 120. Price, $12.95. Georgetown University Press, 3619 O Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007, 1999. Phone: 800-246-9606. ISBN: 0-878-40732-4.

The Third Age: Six Principles for Growth and Renewal after Forty

By William Sadler. Pp. 256. Price, $24.00. Perseus Books, 11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142, 2000. Phone: 617-252-5214. ISBN:0-738-20223-1.

Tyler's Honest Herbal: A Sensible Guide to the Use of Herbs and Related Remedies

By Steven Foster and Varro Tyler. Pp. 386. Price, $24.95. Haworth Herbal Press, 10 Alice St., Binghamton, NY 13904-1580, 1999. Phone: 800-429-6784. ISBN: 0-789-00875-0.

The Young Deaf Child

By David Luterman. Pp. 235. Price, $28.00. York Press, P.O. Box 504, Timonium, MD 21904, 1999. Phone: 800-962-2763. ISBN: 0-912-75246-7.

Your Drug May Be Your Problem

By Peter R. Breggin and David Cohen. Pp. 261. Perseus Books, One Jacob Way, Reading, MA 01867, 1999. Phone: 800-386-5656. ISBN: 0-738-20184-7.



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