Database is linked to Read codesBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7028.446b (Published 17 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:446
- Roger Weeks
- General practitioner 2 Deanhill Road, London SW14 7DF
EDITOR,—Jeremy Wyatt and Robert Walton say that the compilers of the British National Formulary have begun the task of restructuring their data for use as a drugs database for computers.1 I sympathise because it is an enormous and quite daunting task to turn a book into a database.
The team that tackled the task of putting together knowledge about drugs for our World Standard Drug Database had the great advantage of being able to structure it for use on computers right from the start. Besides me (a general practitioner who spent six years working …