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Books, Journals, New Media
July 20, 2005


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(3):374-378. doi:10.1001/jama.294.3.374

This book is an analysis of public communication on the Internet about health risks. The Internet has altered the face of communication. It eases access to health advice, provides nonmainstream information, and opens barriers sometimes erected by the medical establishment. Author Kay Richardson, a communications studies specialist at the University of Liverpool, England, analyzes the content, form, and imagery of online discourses on three different health concerns: cell phones and their potential to induce brain tumors, the ability of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to spread rapidly, and the link between autism and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination.

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