Brandon/Hill Selected List of Print Books and Journals in Allied Health*[dagger]

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Brandon/Hill Selected List of Print Books and Journals in Allied Health*[dagger]


Hill, Dorothy R., Stickell, Henry N., Journal of the Medical Library Association


This list of 434 books and 79 journals is intended as a selection guide for print literature to be used in a library supporting allied health educational programs or allied health personnel in either an academic or health care setting. Because of the impossibility of covering the large number of and wide variety of allied health professions and occupations, the recommended publications are focused primarily on the educational programs listed and recognized by the American Medical Association and other accrediting bodies. Books and journals are categorized by subject; the book list is followed by an author/editor index and the subject list of journals by an alphabetical title listing. Items suggested for initial purchase (169 books and 32 journals) are indicated by asterisks. To purchase the entire collection of books and journals (2002 subscriptions) would require an expenditure of about $36,744. The cost of only the asterisked items totals $14,465.

INTRODUCTION

The list of print allied health publications recommended here is not intended to be the be-all and end-all authority in allied health collection development. However, it is a convenient guide for setting up such a collection or updating an already existing one. It also provides a quick source for determining what is being published, especially in books. The choice of print books and journals in this collection resulted from the authors' having monitored the allied health literature for the past two years or thereabouts.

It should be remembered, that every allied health publication has not passed over our desks. Books or journals might be missing from this list simply because we did not see them. The amount of allied health literature that we do see is tied very tightly to publisher participation. If we were asked to set up a book and journal collection for allied health personnel, the titles we have listed here represent the collection we would have purchased at the time we submitted this manuscript. Our choices may have been different a month or even a week later, due to the availability of more newly released books and journals. We have attempted to assemble a well-balanced collection of allied health books and journals geared specifically to allied health personnel whenever possible. Most of the publications are of U.S. origin, but there are also some British and Canadian publications, especially in the journal collection. As the title of this list implies, only books and journals in print format have been included.

We have not covered the autonomous professions such as: chiropractic, dentist, nurse, physician, optometrist, pharmacist, osteopath, and veterinarian. Our scope of content and format has also been defined in the nine previous introductions that precede the book and journal lists. They are cited on the first page at the bottom of this article. Academic and health sciences librarians, nurses, and allied health faculty have contributed many suggestions that were greatly appreciated. However, the final choices for the books and journals in this list are ours-based upon many years of reviewing health sciences literature.

A distinct literature for some allied health programs may not exist. Many programs rely heavily upon books in the basic and behavioral sciences and surgery as well as standard medical texts and journals. Medical publications can be identified from our list of recommended books and journals for the small medical library [1]. Other programs are supported by the literature of nursing; relevant nursing titles can be located from our selected list of nursing publications [2]. All three "Brandon/Hill" lists (allied health, small medical library, and nursing) will continue to be updated between published biennial revisions in A Major Report, a quarterly newsletter published for many years by Majors Scientific Books [3].

All of the books that we have picked have been published from 1995 through 2003; only thirty-seven were published before 1998, and 91.

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