CHICAGO — Heart disease affects millions of people every year. Featuring nearly 1,000 annotated entries, “The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding Out About Heart Disease” organizes and offers evaluated print and online resources to help readers develop a collection of research specific medical options, incorporating important data and key concepts about risk factors and symptoms of heart disease. Authors Jeanette de Richemond and Terry Paula Hoffman annotate each resource to provide librarians with essential information needed to determine if that resource is the right one to answer a given question. Using this guide, readers and researchers can:
- review heart disease reference interviews;
- explore the resources available on a specific condition;
- research resources for caregivers.
Founded in 1898, the Medical Library Association (MLA) is a nonprofit, educational organization of more than 1,100 institutions and 3,600 individual members in the health sciences information field, committed to educating health information professionals, supporting health information research, promoting access to the world's health sciences information, and working to ensure that the best health information is available to all.
de Richemond, MLIS, AHIP, is completing her doctoral dissertation on the concept of having “enough information” to make a clinical diagnosis. She has immersed herself in learning how doctors come to conclusions so that they can act to help patients. She has been a journalist, a public relations consultant for many heart health care clients and an expert medical researcher for a nonprofit organization.
Hoffman, BS, ME, has been a professional medical literature researcher for a nonprofit health care organization (ECRI Institute), for the pharmaceutical industry (Merck and Co., Inc.) and as an independent consultant. She has a permanent teaching certificate in Pennsylvania, and was a secondary science teacher in chemistry, physics, and biology.
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