NetlinesBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7111.795 (Published 27 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:795
- Mark Pallen ()
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The easy way to make online MCQs
The CAsTLe (Computer Assisted Teaching and Learning) project (http://www.le.ac.uk/cc/ltg/castle/) has recently developed a freely available online authoring toolkit for creating multiple choice questions that are accessible on the web. A major advantage of this toolkit is that it requires no prior knowledge of HTML or any other form of markup tags, as the text is entered via a web form, and the test pages are returned immediately to the browser.
Email to fax gateway
One of the problems of email is that the person you want to communicate with must have an email address. However, you can still use email to send information to someone without an email account, so long as they have a fax machine, using a freely available email to fax conversion facility—details are on http://www.tpc.int/sendfax.html. You can even send faxes to many overseas locations free of charge.
The dark side of the net
The internet is not always a civilised place. Like most technological advances, it can be used for good or ill. Many groups are using the net to spread hatred. HateWatch (http://www.hatewatch.org/) provides an online resource for concerned individuals, academics, activists, and the media to keep abreast of and combat online bigotry. The information found on the site may be offensive to some, but the organisers believe that the best way to fight this cultural poison is to face it head on.
Child Accident Prevention Trust web site
The Child Accident Prevention Trust is a nationwide organisation that aims to reduce the number and severity of accidents in childhood in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They have just launched a web site on http://www.qub.ac.uk/cm/eph/CAPT/index.htm.
Helicobacter pylori on line
The annotated version of the genome of Helicobacter pylori has just been released on http://www.tigr.org/tdb/mdb/hpdb/hpdb.html (see also http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/Entrez/framik?db\|[equals]\| Genome\|[amp]\|gi\|[equals]\|128). For more information about Helicobacter pylori, visit the Helicobacter Foundation site on http://www.helico.com/ and follow the links therein.
BreastCancer.Net (http://www.breastcancer.net/) is a non-profit making site for survivors of breast cancer, legislators, and medical professionals. Of particular interest is BreastCancer.Net's newsroom, which has an archive of over 800 articles of interest to the medical community.
The year 2000 and healthcare systems
Anecdotal evidence suggests that many healthcare computing systems are still ill prepared for the year 2000. It is encouraging that the Health Informatics Journal is taking the problem of the year 2000 seriously—they will be devoting an entire special issue to the problem in the autumn. If you wish to contribute, seehttp://www.shef.ac.uk/uni/projects/hij/y2kcall1.htm.
A sprinkling of surgical sites
Netlines is grateful to Marc Moncrieff for information on a few sites that may be of use to surgeons in training. The JayDoc Histoweb (http://www.kumc.edu/instruction/medicine/anatomy/histoweb/index.htm) provides an excellent educational resource on histology. The online version of the Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery is on http://www.pulsus.com/plastics/home.htm. The Vesalius interactive anatomy tutor (http://www.vesalius.com/) provides some stunning anatomical and surgical multimedia presentations, but you will need the Shockwave plug-in to see them (http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave).
Index Medicus journal title abbreviations
If you are writing for the BMJ, or other journals using the same reference style, you may be interested to know that you can access a hypertext list of journal abbreviations from the Medscape site on http://www.medscape.com/Home/Search/IndexMedicus/IndexMedicus.html.