Reviews Netlines


BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1151
  1. Harry Brown, general practitioner (DrHarry{at}
  1. Leeds
    • The Perinatal Educational Programme aims to help health professionals in less well off areas who look after pregnant women and their offspring advance their own education ( No teacher is necessary and educational materials are available online. Although the course was designed to address maternal and newborn care in South Africa, its authors say that the site would be useful in other developing countries and poor communities in developed countries.

    • Australian Skeptics ( is a site that claims to investigate pseudo-science and the paranormal “from a responsible scientific viewpoint.” It is a well produced resource with a lot of content, including quizzes, news, links, and a media watch section. So what exactly is the site sceptical about? The list of subjects is long ( and includes homoeopathy, human cloning, vitamin supplements, and near death experiences. The site says that it aims to “stimulate inquiry and the quest for truth, wherever it leads.”

    • Cancer Facts and Figures ( is a fine collection of data from the NHS in Scotland's information and statistics division. It provides information about cancer incidence (up to 1999) and cancer mortality (up to 2001) in Scotland. The publishers have realised that in such a data dense environment the style and manner of presentation are important, and they have produced an elegant and easy to use site. Good use of colour and boxed topics make navigation easy and to start with there are a relatively small number of hypertext choices.

    • The Infectious Diseases Society of America has produced a useful collection of links ( While this includes plenty of US based organisations, there is also a link to an international section, which allows access to a wide variety of relevant resources subdivided by geographical region. This is an excellent gateway to a large volume of online material about infectious diseases.

    • Whatever one's views about the threats posed by chemical and biological weapons, the Centre for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies has assembled an interesting page of resources on the subject ( Visitors can view its archiveofmaterialindateorder or by geographical region.


    • We welcome suggestions for websites to be included in future Netlines. Readers should contact Harry Brown at the above email address.

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