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Healthcare Online For Dummies
        About the Authors

Cover of Healthcare Online For Dummies Here are the bios of Howard and Judi Wolinsky, authors of the book, Healthcare Online For Dummies, (Hungry Minds, Inc., $6.16).

The book is available online from amazon.com at www.amazon.com as well as your favorite offline bookstore.


Judi Wolinsky was in the right place at the right time. She was a graduate student in library science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, when Mosaic, the first Internet graphic browser, was introduced there. The Internet changed everything for her--and for everyone else.

She's now head of reference services at the Homewood (Illinois) Public Library, where she and her able staff, use the Net and old-fashioned print resources to find the answers to their patrons' questions.

Wolinsky manages the library's Web site. She also teaches a class in Internet searching for librarians at the Suburban Library System. She has spoken at the Internet Librarian conference and written for the journal, Public Libraries. The Public Library Association awarded first prize for the year 2000 to her article, "Pep Talk for the Reluctant (or Novice) Librarian".

Wolinsky has several popular Web sites, which you can visit at www.wolinskyweb.net, including Word Play and Measure 4 Measure.


Howard Wolinsky spent his first week as a medical writer on the Chicago Sun-Times in March 1981 covering the attempted assassination of President Reagan. He's been on the run there ever since, having written over 3,000 articles for the daily.

He spent 15 years writing health stories for the paper. The National Press Club, the Associated Press Managing Editors and the Chicago Newspaper Guild have recognized Wolinsky's work. His health reporting has won a slew of awards, including from the American Public Health Association, the American Bar Association, and Mental Health Association. Gay Chicago magazine named him Hero to the Community for his early coverage of the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Following exposes they wrote for the Sun-Times on the American Medical Association, Wolinsky and former Sun-Times reporter Tom Brune wrote the book, The Serpent on the Staff: The Unhealthy Politics of the American Medical Association (Putnam, 1995).

In 1994, the Internet bug, which wife Judi brought home from Urbana, bit Howard, and he switched to covering the Net and tech for the Sun-Times.

Wolinsky was a journalist-in-residence at the University of Michigan, where he studied medical ethics, medical economics, and other medical topics. He received M.S. and B.S. degrees in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Wolinsky's live in Flossmoor, Illinois, with their sons, Adam and David, and their pup, Rufus.


You can reach Howard Wolinsky and Judi Wolinsky by email at: wolinsky@wolinskyweb.net

Visit our other sites at WolinskyWeb.net, including:
Measure 4 Measure: Interactive sites that estimate, calculate, evaluate, translate, etc. In other words, they do the work for you.
Word Play: Sites that feature fun with words.
Map Happy: Interactive maps to get you from here to there and beyond.
Last update: 03/21/20
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