Volume 17, Number 7 July/August 2000
MEDLINEplus: MEDLINE for the masses
This site offers comprehensive, consumer-oriented health information
by Mick O'Leary
DATABASE REVIEW column focuses on MEDLINEplus ($NA), the consumer
health-information service from the National Library of Medicine in
Bethesda, MD (888). Points out that many of the medical/health Web
sites are trying to sell something, so it is fortunate to have
strong health-information counterweights from the public sector.
States that the MEDLINEplus topics, organization, and reading level
are intended for the average person who needs reliable and thorough
medical and health information. Says that the principal section is
Health Topics, a collection of publications from the leading federal
government medical agencies; the two other reference databases are a
drug manual and a medical encyclopedia. Notes that MEDLINEplus is
unrivaled for the depth of information, comprehensiveness of subject
coverage, and reliability, although it lacks services such as
bulletin boards and chats.
Includes a product summary.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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