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May 8, 1996

Physicians' Guide to the Internet

Author Affiliations

Texas Medical Center Library Houston

JAMA. 1996;275(18):1451. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530420079043

As stated in the preface, Physicians' Guide to the Internet is offered to help "break down the barriers that face the health community in taking advantage of the Internet information explosion." The author is well known in biomedical Internet circles. Since 1990, he has voluntarily organized health-related Internet resources into what is commonly called the Hancock List. In addition, he manages e-mail-based discussion lists focusing on computerized patient records (CPRI-L, the Computer-Based Patient Records Institute List) and online health resources (HMATRIX-L).

To help the uninitiated, the book opens with 20 pages of Internet essentials. Necessary computer hardware, software, and means of Internet access are fundamentally described, as are various Internet components (eg, electronic mail, telnet, and gopher). This is followed by listings for approximately 500 Internet resources drawn from the much larger Hancock List. Encompassing 80% of the book's content, the resources are organized into broad categories, such as diseases/disorders,