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June 4, 1997

Mosby's Medical Surfari: A Guide to Exploring the Internet and Discovering the Top Health Care Resources

Author Affiliations

University of Wisconsin Medical School Madison


edited by Scott Gibbs, Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, and Nigel W. Rowe, 320 pp, with illus, and one 3.5-in disk with Mosby's Medical Surfari bookmarks, paper, $24.95, ISBN 0-8151-4817-8, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1996.

JAMA. 1997;277(21):1732. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540450088042


The Internet is rapidly growing as a source of health-related information for patients, physicians, and other health care professionals. As persons interested in health care promotion and education realize the power of the computer and put its strengths to use, the Internet will become an important (and inexpensive) library of information.

As recently noted by my colleague Dr Richard Friedman, there are a number of problems with using the World Wide Web as a source of medical education or information.1 Although Mosby's Medical Surfari, a guide to exploring the Internet and discovering health care resources, cannot overcome the challenge of creating innovative, up-to-date, multimedia-based medical information, it does provide the user with a guide to how to best use the Internet for currently available health care resources. I found Medical Surfari to be an excellent resource for both the novice and more seasoned Internet user.

For the beginner,