The Hand Book: Surviving in a Germ-Filled World by Miryam Z. Wahrman

By Miryam Z. Wahrman

An brisk argument for the significance of preserving fresh fingers, and suggestion on how you can do it

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Notes 1. , 2003; Wathen, 2006a, 2006b; Wyatt and Henwood, 2006). 2. Thompson’s distinctions are reminiscent of Innis’ (1950, 1951) pioneering work on media, communication and power, in which he distinguishes between time-biased and space-biased media. 2 ‘Everybody’s Talking at Me’:1 Situating the Client in the Info(r)mediary Work of the Health Professions Leslie Bella, Roma Harris, Debbie Chavez, Jana Fear and Penny Gill The widespread availability of health information via the internet has changed the nature of the health information exchange.

The approach taken by pharmacists is preferred by many of the patients or clients. Indeed, as the following comments suggest, Wathen and Harris (2007) found that that rural women who were interviewed about their health information seeking often praised their pharmacists: I find the pharmacist very helpful. If I have a question about a condition or medicine, I find they are extremely helpful and they seem to almost be a substitute for the doctors because the doctors aren’t available. And, Pharmacy guys are really good at explaining.

Balka and Butt examine the software underlying a government-sponsored online health information service. This chapter draws attention to the ways that hardware and software configurations function as information mediators, in two ways. First, as with the previous chapter, Balka and Butt analyse how the software itself is black-boxed, making it very difficult for users to know how search engines work. They also demonstrate how different configurations render some kinds of information visible (how long people waited in an emergency room before being seen), while rendering other kinds of information invisible (how sick those patients were who had to wait a long time in an emergency room).

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