engines, newsgroups, Websites, journals- anything and
everything related to medicine is out there. All that you now
need is this handy Webguide to smoothly navigate you to the
area of your choice"
major attraction of the Web for doctors is that
it contains a wealth of medical information that is
increasing daily – seems like it is the world’s
largest medical library, open round -the-clock.
However, this vastness is its Achilles’ heel as well,
because the information is not organized logically
or systematically. Hardly surprising, considering the
fact that the Web is a free-for-all jungle- anyone can publish
whatever they want on it
This means that for every one good site, there are
likely to be 10 awful ones. With thousands of medical sites,
it’s easy to get lost in this maze. This section will
serve as a tourist guide, and show you some of the Web’s
highlights, so that when you actually start exploring on your
own, you know where to go and how to get what you want.
GATEWAYS OR PORTALS
of the best medical
portal is Medical Matrix, at www.medmatrix.org
, which describes itself as a " ranked, peer-reviewed,
annotated, updated, clinical medicine resource” This site
also includes links to news, full text/ multimedia, abstracts,
textbooks, major Websites,
practice guidelines, cases, images, CME, patient
education, directories, educational materials and forums, all
classified according to the medical speciality. Each site is
reviewed by practicing clinicians and rated on a scale of 1-5
*****as well, so that you can go the best four-star sites,
rather than wade through hundreds of poor quality pages.
Medical Matrix has done the groundwork well, is
well organized and very comprehensive. It also offers
an excellent option for clinical searches, which allows you to
search multiple databases through a single from.
on the Net Foundation at www.hon.ch
is a non-profit organization, based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Its mission is to build and support
the international health and medical community on the
Internet so that the potential benefits of this new
communications medium may be realized by
individuals, medical professionals, and healthcare
providers. It also offers a medical search engine called Med
Hunt. The results of this search are very detailed , because
not only are they annotated and reviewed, they also provide
information about when the site was visited, and how many
links it has. This is very useful, because sites that are
updated regularly are active and more valuable than older sites,
which often end up providing unreliable information or
‘dead’ links (which do not work) since the Internet
changes so rapidly.
Doctor - The Internet Navigator for Physicians, at www.gretmar.com/webdoctor/home.html
is a comprehensive index of Internet medical resources which
include links to Websites, books, articles, journals, CME,
databases, patient information and mailing lists arranged both
by diseases and by speciality, with a short review of each.
of the other medical portals are :
is considered one of the more famous directories on the
Internet as Yahoo has an excellent collection for medicine as
well. However, the listing is not complete or comprehensive-
and neither is it ranked or rated.
is run by the National Library of Medicine at the National
Institute of Health, USA. This site is a virtual encyclopedia
of research work, journal articles, databases and health organizations.
Though primarily designed for patients
MEDLINEPLUS can connect physicians to just about any
major source on clinical trials and laboratory research.
Health Science Guide – 1999 at www.ci.lib.uci.edu/HSG/Medical.html
is a “Multimedia Specialized Information Resource “
containing thousands of teaching
files, medical cases, multimedia courses/ textbooks,
multimedia tutorials, databases and movies. This ‘virtual’
medical center is classified and includes subjects on nursing,
nutrition, pharmacy, veterinary and public health centers as
is a search-engine super site, at www.internets.com/mednets/index.html
and focuses on providing good medical search engines,
including its own Copernic, which is designed to provide the
same “searchability” found in 20 medical search engines.
Web at www.healthWeb.org/index.html
Disorders and Related Topics at www.mic.ki.se/Diseases/index.html
the ultimate medical information finder at www.mdchoice.com/index.asp
Doctor’s Guide to the Internet at www.docguide.com/
the better Indian medical portals are:
you have started exploring the Net, either through a
general/medical search engine or a medical portal, there are thousands
of sites that you could possibly visit. For the sake of
convenience, Dr.KSM have categorized the sites, with a
review of the best sites, as well as a mention of some other
good ones too.
Intelihealth Professional Network from the john Hopkins
University offers news from the Reuters Health Service for
physicians at http://ipn.intelihealth.com/ipn/
. You need to register for this, but registration is free. If
you like, they will also e-mail you the medical news headlines
daily, so that you can keep up-to-date with what is happening
in the world of medicine. This will ensure you are one step
ahead of your patients, who will most probably read the same
news the next day in their daily newspaper. The news articles
are archived so that you can search for the topic of your
also offers daily medical news. Since it is written for the
patient in non-technical language, it is much easier to
understand This is also very useful in explaining recent
advances to patients and students.
useful site for health and medical news is Medserv Medical
News at www.medserv.dk/index.html
PRODUCTS, EQUIPMENTS AND SUPPLIES
Internet Medical Products guide at http://www1.medmarket.com/product_guide.cfm/home.htm
by Med Market provides a searchable list of companies and
medical products. The guide is intended as a resource for
health care professionals, providing them with an efficient
tool for obtaining up-to-date information on the latest
products, and products for clinical testing.
is also a Directory of Medical Product Manufactures/Suppliers
, which is divided into
biotech, diagnostic, medical device and pharmaceutical
databases can locate medical conferences by region, topic, and
date. Physicians often plan a holiday around a
conference; hence this is an available and up-to-date
resource allowing them to search for events on a particular
topic. For example, a conference to take place in Florida
during the summer can be very valuable, Doctors can also plan
to attend conferences that will help enhance their continuing
you can search for the conference most suited to your
educational needs by title, date, location and keywords. You
can also search selected conferences for details of main
topics, keynote speakers, specialist workshops, social
programmes and deadlines for call for Papers. It’s also
possible to register online and get an immediate response.
also provides a searchable database of international
National Guideline Clearinghouse at www.guidelines.gov/index.asp,
produced by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR)
offers a comprehensive list of evidence-based clinical
practice guidelines for physicians, which suggests to doctors
the best treatment protocols for common problems. New
guidelines are posted on a weekly basis. Not only does this
site allow you to browse through guidelines for various
conditions: it also offers you a search engine to pinpoint
information about recommended protocols for a specific
disease. A search on Hepatitis B, for example, yields 30
separate guidelines dealing with immunization, screening and
treatment. You can even
compare different protocols suggested by different authorities.
you need a more international perspective, The New Zealand
Guidelines Group has put up an excellent library of guidelines
useful for doctors practicing in smaller towns is the Standard
Treatment Guidelines and Essential Drugs List for South Africa
most famous online bookstore is www.amazon.com,
and they have an excellent collection of medical books as well.
The site is a pleasure to visit. Not only is it very well laid
out, so that it’s fun ‘browsing’ through the aisles, but
most books carry reviews, so that you can decide whether or
not the book is worth buying. Most reviews have been written
by readers, and help you evaluate the quality of the book. The
site also automatically suggests additional titles you might
want to look at, depending upon your interests. The titles are
well classified, so it’s easy to find the books you’d like
to buy. The major problem is that the only way to order online
is through an international credit card.
are other specialized online medical bookstores as well.
Medsite books at www.medbookstore.com
, First Internet Medical
Bookstore at www.fimb.com/FrontPage.html
and The Online
Discount Medical Bookstore at www.discountmedbooks.com/
In addition to offering books, most online bookstores
sell CD-ROMs and medical supplies (such as stethoscopes) as
well. Many offer discounts and special sales, so it’s worth
comparing price before deciding where to shop. However, you
also add shipping costs to any purchase you make- and this can
total up to a pretty penny, since the books are shipped from
you believe laughter is the best medicine, then you should
visit Medtoons, which has a collection of medical cartoons at www.towerpublishing.com.
You can also find a collection of medical cartoons, poking fun
at doctors, by India's leading cartoonist, Dr. Hemant Morparia, (a
practicing radiologist) at www.healthlibrary.com/humour/index.htm.
Humour Links at www.plasticsurgerydirect.com/links-ps/HumLink.html
offers links to medical humour sites, but many of these
links are broken or do not function anymore, as the site is
probably not actively maintained.
HEALTH IN INDIA
interesting initiative to network people interested in
improving public health in India has been taken by Dr. Yadav
of Public Health Today at http://education.vsnl.com/publichealthtoday/
This offers a monthly newsletter, as well as access to an
electronic mailing list of like – minded people. While this
Website it still in its infancy, it does provide a forum for public
health professionals in India to get in touch with each
other. The mailing list also has subscribers from outside
India who are interested in the state of public health in this
OF DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS
Doctor Finder at www.ama-assn.assn.org/aps/amahg.htm
provides information on virtually every licensed physician in
the United States, including more than 650,000 doctors of
medicine (MD) and doctors of osteopathy(DO). All physician
credential data have been verified for accuracy and
authenticated by accrediting agencies, medical schools,
residency training programs, licensing and certifying boards,
and other data sources.
directories of doctors and hospitals are:
Locator at www.hospitalselect.com/curb_db/owa/sp_hospselect.main
for hospitals in the USA.
Web at http://neuro-www.mgh.harvard.edu/hospitalweb.shtml
you need to use images and illustrations for presentations and
lectures, there are a number of them available via the
internet; even as more are being added.
images can be easily downloaded. Although copyright should be
observed, images are generally royalty free. However, images
are often large files and they could take a long time to
download. One may also need to review many images before
finding the right one, or else you can spent a lot of time
just locating it!
slides at www.medslides.com
is probably the best site for slides. You ought to register, though
the use of slides is free. Medslides provides valuable, up-to-date and easy-to-use medical information in a
concise slide presentation format. This could revolutionize the way
medical information is exchanges and shared over the Internet.
You can also contribute to this superb collection by
uploading you educational materials, so that you can help
teach doctors form all over the world!
media Gallery offers a searchable database of medical movies
and images which includes x-rays, movies of surgery and other
areas of interest to medical professionals and students at www.hon.ch/Media/media.html
Rounds at www.mdchoice.com/photo/photos.asp
provides a superb group of clinical cases with images- you can
test your clinical skills as well by trying to spot the
on Disease at www.pathguy.com/lectures/perspect.htm
offers a springboard to a superb collection of medical images
on the Web. This is a good place to start your hunt if you are
looking for a specific image.
Medline is the most famous medical database, there are other
good databases online as well, which are worth
exploring. OMIM, the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man at http://www3.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/omim/
is an astonishing resource: it is
a continually updated searchable database of all known human
genetic disease! The entries are quite complete and even come
with journal references as well as images of birth defects and
National Health Information Database, at http://nhicnt.health.org/
developed by the Office of Disease prevention and health
promotion, includes over 1000 organizations and government
offices in the USA that proved health information upon
request. Entries include contact information, abstracts, and
information about publications and services.
combined health information Database, CHID, at http://chid.nih.gov/simple/simple.html
provides information on health-related studies and research in
in India, doctors, hospitals and the state have been slow in
getting online; as a result there is little information about
India health and medicine. However, there are searchable
databases about the world of India medicine at www.healthlibrary.com/india_file.
Though it does seem very incomplete at present, hopefully the
situation wills improve as more and more Indians get wired!
doctors who would like to explore related fields, especially
that of biomedical research, one of the best resources is
Biomednet at www.bmn.com
– the Internet community for Biological and Medical
Researchers. This has an excellent e-zine called HMS Beagle at
which covers topics on biological science, medicine/health,
and biotech/pharmaceutical ,as
well as loads of information on research careers, in
addition to poems and cartoons about the basic biomedical
doctors prefer not to think or talk about negligence and
malpractice. However, it is a fact of life that mishaps will occur, and you will need to know what to do to protect
law or Medical negligence by Dr. Chulani at www.healthlibrary.com/reading/law/index.htm
provides valuable information on what doctors need to know
about the laws in medical practice. Another useful book is the
medical Profession and consumer protection act by Dr. Jagadish
Singh at www.helathlibrary.com/reading/mpcpa/index.htm,
which helps to clear a lot of doubts and confusion over how
this law is applied to doctors and patients. Medical Risk
management: Preventive Legal strategies for health care
providers at http://plague.law.umkc.edu/aspen/aspen.html
full-text online book, which gives tips on how to avoid medico-legal problems!
you need to find current information on experimental or
investigation procedures, the best starting point is a
collection of databases of NIH-supported clinical trials that
are available at http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui/c/r
Clinical Trials Listing Service at www.centerwatch.com/main.htm
also has an
of clinical research trials.
a medical student, if you need information and didn’t know
where to ask, then these sites could be your answer! The
interactive medical student Lounge at www.medstudents.net/imsl.html
has information on practically anything and everything the
medical student would like to know (including information on
basic sciences, clinical science, financial aid, residency and
rounds at www.wwilkins.com/esources/rounds/
is a well-designed site, which offers clinical quizzes and
multiple choice questions- if you answer correctly, could win a
prize online as well!
for a Residency in the USA at http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Lab/8987/matching.html
is packed with information on
how to go about this arduous process, and is a useful
insider’s guide to everything you need to know about ECFMG,
USMLE, CSA, ERAS and NRMP.
If you don’t need to know, then don’t worry about
what the acronyms stand for. If you do need to know, then check
out the Website!
Educational commission for Foreign Medical Graduates at www.ecfmg.org/
provides more information on the Exchange visitor
Sponsorship Program and International Fellowship Program and
International Fellowships inn medical Education.
Another interesting site for Medical Students is Medico's
Links section at http://health.drksm.com
, where you can find all the links for subjects in MBBS
and all the websites a Medical Student need to surf.
there has been a resurgence of interest in alternative
medicine. Even if you are an allopathic doctor, instead of
rejecting the concept, it would be worth your while finding
out the other treatment options your patients may be exploring. It may be possible to learn to
combine the best of both worlds to offer patients what is now
called ‘intergrative medicine’.
and Complementary medicine Topics at www.people.virginia.edu/~pjb3s/Complementary_Practices.html
provides an extensive index to the alternative medicine
Websites. The index covers over 50 topics, presenting a smorgasbord
of alternative therapy options – including many you may never have heard o like ‘amma therapy’ and
other useful link sites are the Alternative Medicine Homepage
and the Holistic Healing Web page at www.holisticmed.com
alternative and Complementary Medicine Center from Health
World online at www.healthy.net/clinic/therapy/
is also worth a look.
a number of Alternative medicine sites are commercial sites,
put up by clinics in order to lure patients. In order to help
separate the wheat from the Chaff, it’s worth visiting
Quackwatch at www.quackwatch.com
the best homeopathic resource on the Internet the Website at www.homeopathyhhome.com/
has everything about homeopathy as well as comprehensive links to
other resources. Here one can even find complete text books on
homeopathy, including classics such as Hahnemann's Organon
of Medicine, Homeopathic Materia Medica by William Boericke,
MD, and Kent’s Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica.
dental Database at www.webdental.com/
which calls itself the world’s premiere dental resource, is
a truly complete resource for all dentists. However, since the
site is based in the US, most of the information presented is
designed for US dentists. This site has comprehensive
directions of dentists, dental equipment, laboratories,
equipment manufactures, photography, supplies, publications,
books, journals, magazines, professional associations,
conventions and meetings, as well as on how to run a Dental
Office. This is a one stop shop for all dentists looking for
information on the Net. Since it is a commercial site, there
is a lot of banner advertising, which could be distracting.
There is a simple keyword to help search for material within
the 200 documents available on this site. There is also a very
interesting series of articles regarding the creation,
promotion and marketing of dental related Websites which would
interest Web savvy dentists!
Indian dentists, www.dentalindia.com
provides information from an Indian perspective. However, like
most Indian sites, it’s still very incomplete, because basic
data about health and medicine in India is still lacking.
& CAREERS ONLINE
for a job? The physicians Employment at www.physemp.com/default.htm
provides over 2,000 job listings – however, most of these
posts are in the USA.
Indian hospitals will soon start using the Internet to look
for doctors to fill in the vacant slots in various hospitals.
is the Website of the National Institute of Mental Health. The
content on the site is very neatly divided into for
practitioners, for researchers, for the public and such other
sections. The ‘For Practitioner’ section offers research
reports and other valuable information like article alerts,
publications, research and statistics, and so on. With the
help of these, you can keep up-to do date on the diagnosis and
treatment of mental disorders. And with materials you can
download, you can help educate your patients about their
Depression and Anxiety information resource and education Center
is divided into Depression Information Center, Physician
Information Center and Anxiety Information Center. Although
many of the sections are under construction, those which are
active give useful information on articles, drug
interactions, clinical features and so on.
Depression Info Center at www.mhsource.com/depression/
has comprehensive medical news on depression. Click on medical
information and you will be taken to the page of Psychiatric
times, where all articles can be sorted by title, by author,
by date or by CME credits. Although most of the site caters to
patients, it is worth visiting for this features alone.
For information on depression and epilepsy visit www.cnsindia.com
. You can register for free to access the diagnosis and management
by Indian psychiatrists in the section on Indian
write-ups, and get a second opinion from a panel of
psychiatrists. Global perspectives brings you relevant news and
reviews from around the world, and with directory search you
can find a psychiatrist in you neighborhood, There are links
to other resources on the net, a section that answers FAQs
about medico legal affairs, real-life case studies, as well as
information on forthcoming events, CMEs and conferences. The
site has a good concept, but it lacks extensive information in
National Diabetes Education Initiative (NDEI) at www.ndei.org/
is a multicomponent educational program on type 2 diabetes
that is designed for endocrinologists, diabetologists, primary
care physicians, and other healthcare professional, Literature
alert is very useful to keep in touch with the latest
happenings articles are archived by date, journal and by
topic. Physician’s Focus has data on all topics related to
diabetes, educational slides on some of them and patient
alerts (useful only for physicians in the US). You can also
access CME notes and know about diabetes related medical
a doctor treating diabetes, you are asked often about
alternative Therapies for diabetes. If you would like to know
more about these topics, turn to www.alternativediabetes.com/homepage.shtml
It aims to provide credible, complete and current information
about alternative approaches to diabetes treatment, including
herbal, dietary, nutritional and other strategies.
has an excellent customizable Medline search. So, no matter
what you’re looking for, it throws up related documents.
is the Web site of the largest circulated Diabetes magazine in
the US. It has tips on medicine, nutrition, exercise, foot
care and other topics of interest to patients suffering from
Diabetes. This is a great place to refer newly diagnosed
patients of Diabetes, and those who want more information
about their disease. They can subscribe to a free
monthly e-mail newsletter, read back issue and even avail of
free stuff like recipe books, log book for recording values
could also visit www.diabetes.ca/
which is the Website of the American Association of Clinical
Endocrinologists, It’s a very good site, but at a steep
has information on diabetes and thyroid for both patients and
doctors alike. This site gives you the complete Indian
perspective on management of Diabetes. To access the medical
professional’s pages, you need to register, but registration
is free. There are articles on diagnosis and management by
Indian endocrinologists in the section you can refer your
cases to panel of eminent endocrinologists. Global
perspectives brings you the latest news and reviews from the
world of diabetes to your desktop, while directory search
allows you to find an endocrinologist in your neighborhood.
There are links to other diabetes resources on the Net and to
a Website about obesity. There is a section that answers FAQs about medico-legal affairs. There are real-life case studies,
as well as information on forthcoming events, CMEs and
The site is well designed and has a good concept. Although it
needs more information in some of these sections.
is probably the best place to start of you are looking for
information about epilepsy or any other neurological disorder.
It is a searchable and browsable index of neuroscience
resources available on the Internet. There’s so much
information crammed into this site that it will take you a
while to discover all that it of information, and we suggest
you explore it.
Website of the American Epilepsy Society at www.aesnet.org/
aims to promote research and education for professionals
dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of epilepsy.
There’s plenty of stuff for continuing education: CMEs,
downloadable files for residents, downloadable PowerPoint slides, clinical meeting abstracts and highlights. Teleconsult
audio tapes and programs for neurology nurses- there’s
something for everyone here. For members there are full text
abstracts from journals, but membership isn’t free.
There are articles on patient care, drug alerts, and a section
on new developments and practice management too. Site changes
and updates tell you about the recently added and updated
pages so that you can directly go to those pages if you visit
the site often.
is the Website of the National Society for Epilepsy. They have
a comprehensive range of information about epilepsy, covering
both the medical aspects and the aspects of living with the
condition. There is easy-to-understand information on
epilepsy, which can be handed out to patients. There is also
the possibility of ordering CD-ROMs, books, and leaflets.
However, the site is quite UK-centric.
website of the online journal of digestive health at www.gastronews.com/
is probably the most comprehensive source on the Web for
information about the GI Tract and liver. Go directly to the
professional section, register for free, and you can then
explore news, journals, events, product information,
discussion groups and other online resources. Each section
covers many topics in depth: for e.g.. The journals section has
a dozen different online journals, as well as mention of
articles of interest from other journals. The discussion group
allows you to exchange your ideas and experiences to discuss
topics of common interest with other professionals. Related
sites take you to images, databases, educational resources and
case-studies. Overall, a very clean well designed site that
is the website of the American society for Gastrointestinal
Endoscopy. Their official journal, Gastrointestinal
Endoscopy, is available online with full text of all
articles from 1994 through the present. However, only
abstracts are for free, you would need to pay for full text
articles. The clinical updates, fortunately, are posted in
their entirely. Non-members can also access their vast online
resource database, and read past issues of the AGSE
claims to have 'A world of information on pain' And, rightly
so. It is one of the most comprehensive sites on this subject.
Right at the start, it has very neatly divided its information
into ‘for professionals and for consumers’. It has
distinct categories of cancer pain, intervention pain
anesthesia, migraine/headache pain, and peri-operative pain.
Each of these categories is subdivided into CMEs library,
related Internet links, and forums and chat rooms. There are
even expert interviews, news and full text online journals.
The CMEs are full text and free. The online resources are also
neatly classified into associations, publications, bookstores,
studies, and so on. Overall a very well designed and easy to
navigate site for professionals involved in pain management. www.oncolink.upenn.edu/specialty/pain/
is the site of University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center. It
has some very useful tips for pain management, especially
cancer pain. You can subscribe to an e-mail discussion group,
read book reviews, feature articles, latest news and visit
other related sites by following links from this page. It even
has a compilation of a list of Internet-wide e-mail discussion
groups (list servers) relating to various areas of cancer,
which you can subscribe to.
meant primarily for patients, www.wellweb.com/pain/pain.htm
has certain sections with useful information for doctors as
well. What’s new deals with latest development in the fled
of pain management.
link at www.edc.org/painlink/
is a virtual community of health professionals working in
institutions that are committed to alleviating pain. It is an
initiative of Education Development Center, Inc. Although
Indian institutions can not join the EDC project you could
check out the features and news articles and search through a
vast resource database. The online database has a very
detailed search facility, but the results obtained are poor:
they simply have minimal descriptions of sources.
are many Websites which have thyroid – related information,
but the ones which are thyroid-specific, most of them talk to
patients. There are few good sites for doctors looking for
information on the thyroid.
a very basic revision about thyroid disorders you could visit www.synthroid.com/.
This Website is developed by Knoll Pharmaceuticals for their
product Synthroid (Levothyroxine). The Healthcare Providers
section of the Website provides a concise review of thyroid disease. The prevalence of
thyroid disease, its signs and symptoms, and the pathophysiologic consequence of untreated
thyroid disease are considered. The available tests of thyroid
disease are considered. The available tests of thyroid
function are discussed: and treatment of patients with
levothyroxine is examined.
Thyroid Home page at www.thyroid.com/index.htm
is dedicated to
providing thyroid patients and their families with accurate
and helpful information about thyroid disease. However, the
Physician Information section provides links to articles,
associations, books and online services.
could also visit:
and Critical Care Resources on the Internet at www.eur.nl/FGG/ANEST/wright/contents.html
is a huge index of online resources. It is almost large enough
to merit a separate index for the index.
Virtual Anesthesia Text book at www.virtual-anaesthesia-textbook.com/
is a global resource for the benefit of all Anesthesia care
providers. Its existence is the result of a collaborative
effort from many people around the world. Its goal is to
provide a comprehensive listing of all the known Web Pages
that relate to the practice of anesthesia.
Global Textbook of anesthesia at http://gasnet.med.yale.edu/gta/
also a valuable reference source.
is an excellent resource for cardiologists. It acts as a
launch pad to thousands of Website that have been classified
and catalogued systematically, so you can browse through the
areas of your interest. It also offers links that are
classified according to cardiology subspecialties ranging from
electrocardiography to catheterization to nuclear cardiology
to transplantation, links to cardiology organizations, as well
as the A to Z of cardiological disorders-aortic aneurysm to
Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. There is also a cardiology
search engine to help find details on the Net with ease. A
particularly nice feature is a Medline search engine
specifically designed for cardiology and useful if you find
that you retrieve too many references with a regular Medline
search. This option basically limits the search to key
cardiology journals, so that you get only references which are
likely to be useful
American College of Cardiology at www.acc.org
and the American Heart Association at www.amhrt.org
are packed with valuable content.
accurate, accessible information cancer treatment, prevention
and detection, OncoLink at http://cancer.med.upenn.edu
is excellent. A
service of the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center in Philadelphia, the site provides detailed information on the
latest developments in cancer research for cancer patients as
well as for physicians. Yet another site is http://cancer.net
Internet Dermatology Society at http://telemedicine.org
wealth of valuable content and is a ‘must visit’ site for
all dermatologists. Along with providing a global overview of
Internet dermatology resources, it also offers a Dermatology
Knowledge Builder, The Internet Teledermatology Expert Triage,
Access to Dermatology Lectures, Global Dermatology Grand
Rounds, Dermatology Mailing Lists, as well as an Electronic
Textbook of Dermatology at http://telemedicine.org/stamford.htm
can also join the Internet Dermatology Society online so that
you remain updated with advances in this field. Membership
also allows interested dermatologists to share their clinical
experience with colleagues from all over the world.
offers a comprehensive collection of well-organized links for
dermatologists. These are well classified, and each link has a
short description, so you get a rough idea of its content.
American Academy of Dermatology is online at www.aad.org/
Dermatology Medical Education Website at www.meddean.luc.edu/lumen/MedEd/medicine/dermatology/melton/title.htm
also includes a superb
Dermatology Atlas from acne to xanthomas at www.meddean.luc.edu/lumen/MedEd/medicine/dermatology/melton/atlas/htm
Online Atlas of Surgery at www.bgsm.edu/surg-sci/atlas/atlas.html
provides a concise description
of surgical technique, including instrumentation, positioning,
room set up, anatomy, dissection and repair, and is
illustrated with black and white images.
about laparoscopic surgery is at www.laparoscopy.com
- including excellent pictures and video clips.
Web is a Website all about transplantation and donation at
www.transWeb.org/default.htm and offers a wealth of
information, for both transplant surgeons and patients.
offers a collection of links for plastic surgery at www.nvpc.nl/plink/.
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons has its Website
of surgery online is at http://archsurg.ama-assn.org/
Quinn’s Online Textbook of
Otolaryngology at www.utmb.edu/oto/grnds.dir/grnds.html
is a superb resource for ENT surgeons. The heart of this site
is an extensive collection of superb articles on a wide
variety of topics of interest to ENT surgeons, presented as
Grand Rounds. These range from common topics such as
Otosclerosis and Facial Paralysis to uncommon problems such as
Flaps for Facial Defects to Paragangliomas. Grand Round are a
format which are very popular for teaching postgraduates in US
hospitals, and these have been presented by the Residents and
Faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology of the University
of Texas Medical Branch. Each Grand Round presents
comprehensive state of the art information on the selected
topic. Since this information comes from a well-respected
educational institute, it is reliable, up-to-date and free of
purpose of the Guide to Otolaryngology on the Internet at www.bcm.tmc.edu/oto/others.html
is to serve as an excellent catalogue of educational otolaryngology
sites and is maintained by an ENT Surgeon!
ENT for Primary Care Physicians at http://icarus.med.utoronto.ca/carr/manual/outline.html
offers basic online textbook of what every family physician
needs to know about common ENT problems.
find out more about this area of science, cheek out
www.radiology.com . An excellent, well-designed site, it offers
a one-stop shop for all radiologists. The site is constantly
updated and is divided into different sections. In the
section, ‘Case of the Week’ you can learn and test your
knowledge with teaching cases and a selection of online
lectures on radiology; in the ‘Second Opinion’ section,
you can solicit help on difficult cases by accessing expert
radiologists in 14 different areas. Also present is a directory
of vendors for equipment, services and supplies. It also has
links to imaging journals, societies, Web resources and
newsgroups, as well as a scientific exhibit gallery, which
offers an online global archive for the most significant
scientific posters and exhibits in medical imaging.
radiology sites worth visiting are at www.radcenter.com
General Pediatrician's View of the Internet at www.generalpediatrics.com
provides a starting point for pediatricians by identifying
and linking to the high quality General Pediatrics Websites
that can teach, illuminate, and inspire. When selecting a
uses a process of peer review by
accreditation to ensure that only high quality sites are
included, so that the emphasis is on quality rather the
become accredited, a site must clearly display four core
Authorship, including the author’s name, affiliation, and
Attribution of facts through the listing of references.
Disclosure of site ownership and sponsorship.
Currency of the site by listing dates of content posting and
the sites have not been reviewed, but since they have been
carefully, each is worth visiting . The listing is
comprehensive, and classified into the following
sections: Textbooks, Policy Statements and Clinical
Practice Guidelines, Evidence Based Medicine Resources, Case
Studies and Patient Simulations, Common Problems by
Discipline, Patient Education Information, Journals,
Professional Societies, Continuing Medical Education Courses
and Internet Directories and Search Engines. This site is
plain vanilla, and being primarily educational in content,
there is no advertising or distracting graphics, so that it
does its job of guiding pediatricians looking for information
on the Net well.
is an Index of the Pediatric Internet, found at www.pedinfo.org
and provides a complete coverage of useful links for Pediatricians.
Pediatric Database (PEDBASE) a www.icondata.com/health/pedbase/index.htm
contains excellent descriptions of over 550 common and rare pediatric
illnesses, from Aarskog syndrome to Zellweger’s
syndrome. A specially nice feature is that you can download
the entire database on to your own computer as shareware, free
of charge, so that you have a comprehensive electronic textbook
of pediatrics on your own hard
Vanderbilt Pediatric Interactive Digital Library at www.mc.Vanderbilt.Edu/peds/pidl/index.htm
is a complete pediatric encyclopedia.
is a superb portal
for all gynecologists. Well-designed and easy to
surf, the graphics are a pleasure. What is unusual here
is that the site has adopted
viewpoint quite a refreshing change from most other medical
Website designed in the USA.
.net is very comprehensive and is constantly updated. There
is a superb section for women as well This means that you can
refer your patients to the same site if they want more
information on any topic.
site’s online medical journal, Female Patient, is designed
for the practicing gynecologist with information that can be
put to immediate clinical use. There are also online videos-
here one can watch a laparoscopy or 3-d ultrasound.
also hosts the mailing list, obgyn-1 and relays live chat
sessions, hosted by experts on many different topics. Also
available are free Web page and free Medline search.
is an orthopedic gateway site supervised by the Internet
Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology. The concept
of the gateway is that from here in no more than three clicks
you should be able to reach any of the resources on the orthopedic
Internet which you would like. Since this is an
educational site, run by a group of orthopedic surgeons who
have donated their time, computer and
Servers to the Orthogate project, there is no
advertising. In order to assess the quality of the Websites it
selects, Orthogate uses the OMNI advisory group for evaluation
Criteria and also subscribes to the HON code principles of the
Health on the Net foundation. This enables it to focus on
quality and comprehensiveness in order to improve the standard
of orthopedic information on the Internet. You can also read
and subscribe to the Orthopod e-mail list at this site.
Orthopod is an international academic mailing list for discussion, collaboration, sharing ideas and the dissemination
of research in orthopedics and trauma surgery for orthopedic surgeons.
Indian orthopedics Website at www.indiaoth.org/
has original and valuable information tailored for the needs of
surgeons from India.
Wheeless’ Textbook of Orthopedics at www.medmedia.com/med.htm
is a comprehensive electronic textbook of orthopedics.
link at www.psychiatrylink.com
offers an online community that supports the research
interests and clinical requirements of psychiatric care
informative site on mental health is at www.mentalhealth.com/.
find out more about hypertension, dialysis and clinical
nephrology, check out the site at www.hdcn.com.
is a collaborative effort of the major cardiothoracic organizations
around the world to provide a comprehensive,
Web-based repository of information for surgeons.
surgery forum at www.hsforum.com
is an online peer-reviewed journal in cardiothoracic surgery, which offers
scientific articles, discussions, listservs, news, announcements and more
from the world of heart surgery.
on the Internet at www.neuroguide.com/
offers a superb searchable index of neuroscience resources,
which covers neurobiology, neurology, neurosurgery,
psychiatry, psychology, cognitive science sites and
information on neurological diseases.
ophthoguide at www.opthoguide.com/ophtho/
provides a comprehensive directory of links for
American Academy of Ophthalmology at www.eyecare.org
provides a wealth of valuable content.
list- The internet Drug Index at www.rxlist.com
provides a world of information about medicines. The top 200
Prescriptions list represent nearly 2/3rds of all
prescriptions filled in the USA. You can perform keyword
searches of all Rx list monographs (nearly 300 of them)
simultaneously for potential drug interactions, side effects
and indications. The search engine uses fuzzy logic as well as
wildcard searching, just in case your spelling is imperfect.
Interestingly, there is now a section on alternative medicines
as well, with information on herbs as well as ayurvedic,
Chinese and homeopathic medicines. Rx board also offers Drug
Specific Bulletin Boards for further discussion.
Informed Drug Guide www.infomed.org/100drugs/
is an excellent compilation of the hundred essential drugs a
general practitioner needs to be familiar with. It contains
critically evaluated information on the selected drugs, which
have been chosen in such a way that approximately 90 per cent
of all the problems occurring in primary medicine can be dealt
useful sites where one can get more information about drugs
include: Pharminfo at www.pharminfo.com,
managing the business side of medical practice, the
Physician’s Practice Digest at www.ppdnet.com
is an online magazine for physicians. It features general
interest articles on topic such as medical office
management. While the scope of this site is fairly limited, and very US-centric, the site is worth a visit if
you are looking for articles about the non-clinical aspects of
medicine, including office management, savings and retirement
planning, legal issues and dealing with insurers.
Med at www.rxmed.com
provides an excellent collection of handouts, which you can
use for educating patients. These fact sheets, which cover
more than 400 medical conditions
ranging from acne to morning sickness to drug addiction,
provide easy to read, concise information on each condition's
symptoms, causes, risk factors, prevention, activity or diet
restrictions, and for more serious illness, complications and
prognoses. Other sites that offer patient educational
materials include :
physicians assume that one can find all the articles from all
medical journals on the web for free. However, the reality is
that while most medical journals have their own Websites, very
few offer free access to their content. A refreshing exception
is the British Medical Journal, at www.bmj.com
which has put up back issues as well as the full text of
current issues on its site. You can also submit articles to
the BMJ, as well as letters to the online editor through
e-mail, Customized @lerts is an additional useful service
which sends you e-mail every time the journal has new content
that might interest you. In order to make browsing fun, the
site also offers a section called collected resources which
puts together collections of BMJ articles by speciality and
journals offer free access on a trial basis when their Website
is relatively new. The Highwire press at http://highwire.stanford.edu/
has put a number of well known journals online with temporary
unrestricted access to journal articles. The journals that
offer free trials are highlighted on the site.
is an easy way to get access to the latest medical journal
articles. WebMedlit presents the articles from 22 leading
medical journals in a streamlined consistent format. This
includes leading medical journals like JAMA, NEJM and BMJ.
where are the Indian medical journals? The best so far is the
Bombay Hospital Journal, which has put up the full-text of all
its articles, as well as back issues, at www.bhj.org/.
You can also find a list of Indian medical journals at www.qmedin.com/medsites/indianwebjournals.htm
the printed textbook is not likely to become obsolete for
many years, www.emedicine.com
is an ambitious project, which aims to publish a complete set
of free online medical textbooks. They plan to achieve this by
bringing medical professionals together for providing better
medical information. Each book will be written by a large group
of experts from all over the world, with excellent teaching
credentials. The text will then be compiled and edited so that
it is accurate, readable and up-to-date.
textbook can be improved or updated 24 hours a day, 365 days,
a year, and allow readers unlimited downloading of thousands
of x-rays, color illustrations, and pictures. E-texts also
allow the reader to instantly send comments, questions, and
potential new pictorial additions to the topic author, so that
it is truly interactive.
titles are nearing completion, and these include dermatology,
medicine, surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology,
facial plastics, pediatrics and plastic surgery.
far, only one book has been completed. This is on Emergency
Medicine and is titled Emedicine’s Emergency Medicine. Each
chapter is complete and comprehensive, and includes:
treatment, workup, differential diagnosis as well as a
bibliography, a link to a continually updated Medline search of
the topic as well as test questions, so that you can confirm
you have understood the key messages. These books also include
online live videos (for example, of an echocardiogram)
something no print book can provide. This site represents the
future of many doctors from all over the world, the many
different exciting multimedia formats (audio, video, virtual
reality, 3-D) which computer technology allows, as well as the
instant interactivity the internet offers, this may soon
become the definitive medical textbook of the future.
of the most complete and concise textbooks on medicine is the
Merck manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, which is celebrating
its centenary with the publication of the 17th
edition. The Merck Manual is used by more medical
professional’s world-wide than any other general medical
textbook and has been continuously published longer than any
other medical textbook in English. The 17th and
latest edition of this encyclopedic volume is available
online, free of charge, at www.merck.com/pubs/mmanual/.
A superb reference source, it should be bookmarked by
every doctor. The Merck Manual of Geriatrics is also online at
excellent reference source is the University of lowa Family
Practice Handbook at www.vh.org/Providers/ClinRef/FPHandbook/FPContents.html,
which provides basic information on most common clinical
problems seen in practice.
companies have realised that doctors are busy people, who
would prefer finding the clinically useful information they
are looking for on the Web instantly, rather than having to
wade through pages of irrelevant material. In order to satisfy
this need, there are now comprehensive medical Websites that
provide all the information that a doctor may need at one
like Physician’s Online and PDR are restricted to US
physicians only. An excellent site is Medscape at www.medscape.com,
which claims it has the web’s largest collection of free,
full-text, peer-reviewed clinical medicine articles. You have
to register, but it's free and Medscape now offers a 'speciality
home page' feature that customizes the site toward your
interests when you log in. Medscape has an exam room which
offers an interactive case challenge for you to text your
clinical skills, conference summaries of important medical
medical education credit, medical news, as well a journal
scan section which provides short summaries of key articles
from leading medical journals. The heart of Medscape is its
unique library, which offers the full-text of many medical
journals free. These include the American Heart Journal,
CHEST, clinical Reviews, complications in surgery, current
Medical Research and Opinion, Hospital Medicine, Journal of
Medscape Oncology, Physicians, News Digest and as a special bonus, when you need a break, the hilarious STITCHES, the
journal of medical humor. These are all searchable as are the
Medline, AIDSline and Toxline databases, so that you can find
articles of your interest with ease.
superb site is www.pdr.net
from the publisher of the leading American medical magazine,
Medical Economics. The site is packed with information,
targeted for the practicing physician. While the material is
designed for doctors practicing in USA, it could be useful for
private practitioners in India as well. Though one needs to
register before accessing the site it is free. Doctors from
India need to register as consumers, since we do not have a
DEA number (Which is restricted to US physicians only). This
means that access to this site is crippled, but nevertheless,
there are still nuggets which are worth mining for here!
Excellent online magazines include: Medical Economics- The
Business Magazine of the Medical Profession, Patient Care, The
Practical Journal for Primary Care Physicians, Drug Topics, Contemporary
OB/GYN and Contemporary Urology. Unfortunately
only older issues of these magazines have been included In the
online archives, but these are still worth browsing.
BEST OF THE BEST
you want to pick
just one website, which would answer all your information
needs, try out www.mdconsult.com
which labels itself as “What Doctors need to know". This site
provides access to the ultimate digital online medical library.
The full text medical reference books which are the standard
authoritative texts and cover all fields of medicine include
Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, Cecil Textbook of Medicine,
Devit: Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology, Rakel:
Conn’s Current Therapy, Rowland : Merritt’s Textbook of
Neurology, Ryan: Kistner’s Gynecology: Principles and
Practice, Sabiston: Textbook of surgery and Cambell’s
Urology. You can search the entire collection at the same
time, then pinpoint the information you need within the so
summate text on the subject.
site also provides access to the complete text of all the
articles in the famous clinics of North America, the entire
series of year Books as well as many leading journals. These
include the American Heart Journals, American Journal of
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Chest, Journal of Pediatrics,
Medicine, Neurology, and Pediatrics, so that you are no
longer restricted to abstract only. You can also search the
MEDLINE database. The section on practice guidelines offers
you the complete text of over 600 peer-reviewed clinical
practice guidelines contributed by more than 50 medical
societies and government agencies.
is the ‘Patient Education’ section, which offers you
access to any of 2,500 acclaimed patient education handouts.
You can add your own comments to customize them for your
practice, and then print the handout, complete with your own
special instructions, practice name, and contact information!
Drug Information section provides regularly updated
prescribing information on over 30,000 medications from an
independent drug reference source. While all the brand names
are for US drugs, this is very valuable information, which
allows you to find the right drug for the right problem.
consult has been laid out so that it provides answers to
clinical queries, and also has a section which allows regular updates. The
‘updates’ section offers many choice. The ‘Today in
Medicine’ division allows you to stay informed
about the newest development in medicine. It reviews new
developments from major journals, government agencies, and
medical conferences, and provides you with concise clinical
summaries and links to related information.
‘In this week’s Journals’ allows you to keep up with all
the major weekly journals by presenting you with all the major
weekly journals by presenting you with the key contents of the
big six journals-JAMA,BMJ, lancet, NEJM, Archives of Internal
Medicine and Annals of Internet Medicine in an easy-to-scan
format, including concise article summaries which help you
quickly stay abreast.
Topic Tours offers a new tour each week and lets you explore
current thought and accepted wisdom on consequential topics in
medicine through a focused collection of information from
journal articles, books, drug data, practice guidelines,
educational materials and useful Websites.
What makes MD consult the best is its impeccable
clinical content and its superb structure, so that less than
three web pages have to be viewed in order to find an answer to
any original query. MDConsult is comprehensive since it covers
all areas of medicine, and since it is
subscription-based, it is free from advertising and all the
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