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Information Retrieval

A Health and Biomedical Perspective

  • Authors

Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Basic Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. William Hersh
      Pages 3-39
    3. William Hersh
      Pages 41-116
  3. State of the Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. William Hersh
      Pages 119-158
    3. William Hersh
      Pages 159-197
    4. William Hersh
      Pages 199-233
    5. William Hersh
      Pages 235-259
  4. Research Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. William Hersh
      Pages 263-302
    3. William Hersh
      Pages 303-364
    4. William Hersh
      Pages 365-408
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 409-486

About this book


There continue to be enormous changes and advancements in the indexing and retrieval of online health information, fueled by the growth of the Internet and World Wide Web. This has enabled the field of information retrieval, also known as search, to have substantial impact on diverse types of information in areas from consumer health to clinical medicine to genomics.

Totally rewritten, this new edition of Information Retrieval: A Health and Biomedical Perspective provides an overview of the theory, practical applications, evaluation, and research directions of all aspects of health and biomedical information retrieval systems. The book is organized into three sections covering basic principles, state of the art systems, and research directions. The book demystifies the jargon and defines where current applications and research systems are heading the field in areas such as digital libraries, linkage to electronic health records, and text mining systems.

This book details the technical state-of-the-art and research results in health and biomedical information retrieval. The increasing importance of health information retrieval makes the book an invaluable tool for those involved in this area, such as medical informaticians, computer scientists, library/information scientists, IT developers, and leaders of hospitals, companies, and universities.


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About the authors

William Hersh, M.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon.  He also has academic appointments in the Division of General Internal Medicine of the Department of Medicine and in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Hersh is a professor and chief of the division of Medical Informatics and Outcomes Research and has developed a course built around the first edition. He has contributed to Shortliffe's Biomedical Informatics in with a chapter on information retrieval.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Information Retrieval
  • Book Subtitle A Health and Biomedical Perspective
  • Authors William Hersh
  • Series Title Health Informatics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Health Informatics(formerly:Computers in Health Care)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-78702-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-2697-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-78703-9
  • Series ISSN 1431-1917
  • Edition Number 3
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 486
  • Number of Illustrations 27 b/w illustrations, 33 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Informatics
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Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
IT & Software


From the reviews of the third edition:

"The author traces the background of information retrieval in the health sciences, the most effective methods of retrieval, and research in the field. … The book has two audiences, information specialists and practitioners, and shows both the most effective ways of doing research. … this is a needed update, to bring both information specialists and researchers the latest in the best research techniques." (Mary J. Jarvis, Doody’s Review Service, February, 2009)

“Hersh’s book offers engaging content on a domain specific application of search from an Information Science perspective. This book will no doubt help Computer Science students studying IR realise the importance of capturing user information needs in a field that primarily focuses on system engineering considerations. For more experienced IR readers … this book is essential reading. … I would recommend this book to IR researchers, including those who aren’t working on biomedical IR.” (Nicola Stokes, Information Retrieval, Vol. 13, 2010)