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.
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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