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BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7421.996 (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:996
  1. Harry Brown, general practitioner (DrHarry{at}DrHarry.co.uk)
  1. Leeds
    • Rheumatology problems abound in clinical practice and sometimes it is helpful to go back to basics and learn the fundamentals of the specialty. JointZone (www.jointzone.org.uk/), supported by the UK based Arthritis Research Campaign, is a user friendly and clearly written resource that would be ideal for any doctor who wants to brush up his or her knowledge, as well as for medical students and nursing staff. With case studies, a review of common problems, and sections on investigations and management and information about physical examination, this site offers much to many.

    • The British Heart Foundation has produced an amazing collection of statistics on cardiovascular disease (www.heartstats.org/). There is a huge volume of data here–probably the easiest way to obtain an overview is to go to the A-Z index and scroll down. Within each subject area, documents can be downloaded in commonly used file formats.

    • For neat, concise information on eye diseases check out the Handbook of Ocular Disease Management (www.revoptom.com/HANDBOOK/default.htm). Although this is part of the site of a United States based optometry journal, it is also suitable for primary care and junior hospital staff. The front page provides links to seven main subject areas, such as eyelids and eyelashes and oculosystemic disease, each of which contain a bundle of articles. The whole collection covers many common eye scenarios and is searchable by keyword.

    • Dermatology sites that contain colour pictures and a short accompanying description are popular with their target audience. http://medicine.ucsd.edu/clinicalimg/Skin.html is a good example. The site is a catalogue of clinical skin images from the University of California, comprising a simple alphabetical hypertext list. Just clicking on any of the conditions brings up an image. Although this is a relatively small collection, there is enough material here for a quick revision course on common and not so common dermatological conditions.

    • The internet is now an established port of call for anyone looking for information about rare medical diseases. Those whose interest is bone tumours may want to check out a site that claims to be the web's most comprehensive source for bone tumour information (http://bonetumor.org/). An alphabetical list of bone tumours can be found by clicking the tumour information tab at the top of the page. There is also a learning resources section.

    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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