BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 20 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:202
  1. Harry Brown, general practitioner (DrHarry{at}
  1. Leeds
    • Textbooks adapted to the web are usually popular, especially when they are free, so an online textbook about endocrinology ( is likely to attract interest. It is a detailed resource, sponsored by a number of pharmaceutical companies, and section headings (all available from the home page) include pituitary disease and neuroendocrinology, parathyroid and bone disease, and the endocrinology of ageing. If you are stuck, there is an in-house search engine that makes it easy to find your way through this excellent, in-depth collection.

    • The website of the UK Health Informatics Society contains an archive of the society's newsletters, UK Health Informatics Today ( These go back for just over two years and are assembled in date order, with the most recent at the top. They are available as PDFs so they can be printed off or stored in a local drive. The newsletters' contents are easily readable from the screen, informative, and non-technical. Oh, and if you don't know what health informatics is, just click on the definition on the left hand column.

    • GeriatricWeb ( is a portal for healthcare professionals interested in, not surprisingly, geriatric medicine. This elegantly presented collection of resources, which is supported by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and the National Library of Medicine, covers topics ranging from dementia and delirium through to elder abuse, driving, and geriatric medical education. There is a hot topics panel, which, at the time the BMJ went to press, featured Alzheimer's disease, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and movement disorders/Parkinson's disease. All resources, which are catalogued by broad subject titles, have been appraised bya reviewer.

    • Ever torn your hair out trying to solve an IT problem and had no one to ask? Now there is a site that will try to answer your query and stick with you by email until your computer problem is and its community of support technicians cover PC, PDA, and Mac problems. Log on to the site, generate a free account, pose your question, and sit back and await a response. From then on expect a one to one email exchange from a protonic expert until the problem is (we hope) solved. This is a good solution to IT induced stress.


    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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