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Lest we forget …

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 28 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:992

• Andrew Bamji has placed the Plastic Surgery Archives—a collection of material that documents the development of plastic surgery at the beginning of the 20th century, particularly after the first world war—on the web on http:// The site has links to other online material about the first world war, including a medical bibliography of the war (http://

Evidence based medicine

• There are ever more sources of evidence based medicine appearing on the web. The full text of the evidence based medicine journal Bandolier is available free on http://, the Internet Database of Evidence-Based Abstracts and Articles (IDEA) can be found at http://, and the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination is at http:// For more comprehensive information, visit Netting the Evidence (http://, an index of online sources of evidence based medicine, complete with commentaries, produced by Andrew Booth at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), Sheffield.

Online journals: Highwire Press

• With production of the BMJ website all set to change over to Highwire Press next month, it is worth visiting the Highwire Press site (http:// in the United States or http:// in Europe) to see how many online journals they are managing now—everything from the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (http:// to Science magazine (http:// Future titles will include the Annual Reviews series and the journals of the American Society for Microbiology and the American Heart Association. All the journals are available as full text online both in HTML and Adobe Acrobat format (http:// and come with fully searchable archives of past issues. The only snag is that, for most of them, you must have a subscription. In the near future the Highwire Press site will allow you to search all its journals in one go, and will also feature a Medline service.

ER online

• As ER is probably the best medical drama on British television, it is nice to see so much ER related stuff on the internet. A good starting place for exploring it all is the Alt.TV.ER site (http://, where you can pick up episode listings, summaries and reviews, and also commentaries on the medical conditions featured in each show. There is also an exhaustive set of links to other ER pages and sites. British viewers can discuss the show on the newsgroup (

He@lth Information on the Internet

He@lth Information on the Internet (http:// is a new bimonthly newsletter from the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society of Medicine, containing a range of contributed articles and regular features. The first issue is available in full on the web at http:// I am on its editorial board.

Index to Theses

• The Index to Theses site (http:// allows you to search an online database of theses accepted for higher degrees by the Universities of Great Britain and Ireland. Abstracts are available for recent theses. To use the site you must be in an institution that subscribes to the “dead-tree” version of the database.

Laparoscopy online

• The website (http:// features a feast of virtual laparoscopy, including multimedia walk-throughs of procedures, images, an online radio channel, and discussion forums.

The Visible Embryo

• The Visible Embryo (http:// is an impressive online tour of the first four weeks of human life. For full appreciation of the site, however, you must have the Shockwave plug-in (available from http:// and plenty of memory allocated to your web browser.


Compiled by Mark Pallen email m.pallen{at} web page http://

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