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Meeting Health Information Needs Outside Of Healthcare by Alla Keselman, Catherine Arnott Smith

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Medical information for the consumer before the World Wide Web

Catherine Arnott Smith     School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abstract

This chapter reviews the literature of professional librarianship between 1879 and 1993 to identify the dominant themes of medical information provision to the general public before the World Wide Web. The themes are organized into four dimensions: Libraries as organizations and institutions (what are the optimal library types for medical information provision? what access policies should be in place?); Librarians (what interpersonal challenges arise over medical information provision, and what roles are appropriate for the librarian providing it?); Patrons (what are their ...

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