NETLINESBMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7537.370 (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:370
The outstanding Oxford University based Bandolier site has pulled together many articles about atrial fibrillation and heart failure at www.jr2.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/booth/booths/AF.html. The links are laid out in a logical manner under headings such as incidence, prevention, treatment, and costs and consequences. At the bottom of the page are links to external sources.
The Department of Clinical Pharmacology at Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand, has provided a lovely interactive learning facility that uses Macromedia Flash (www.icp.org.nz). The Interactive Clinical Pharmacology site takes a little while to load as the graphics describing each of the 13 tutorials spring into life. The tutorials are elegant and easy to follow. In each, some minimal introductory text accompanies a graphic that can be manipulated to describe a variety of pharmacological scenarios. These include drug clearance, volume of distribution, and drugs in pregnancy. They are fun and are ideal for undergraduates, but others may use this excellent facility to refresh their memory of basic pharmacological principles.
Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org) has been around for some time. Its aim is to distribute free texts of books, some 17 000 of which are listed in its catalogue. The home page shows that this is a vibrant project with a large number of downloads: two million e-books are downloaded every month. You can see the most popular authors and downloads at www.gutenberg.org/browse/scores/top
We all assume that the internet is a medium that focuses on leading edge technology, but it is also a showcase for old and inaccessible material. Take, for example, William Withering's Account of the Foxglove, published in 1785, an extract from which is now published in facsimile at www.jameslindlibrary.org/trial_records/17th_18th_Century/withering/withering_kp.html. It is a wonderful historical document that can be read directly on screen. Links take you to a biography of William Withering and to a commentary on the text.
Even if pathology is not your specialty, you may still want to view the listings of pathology case histories at http://pathologyoutlines.com/case1.htm. The cases are given in order of publication, one a week, and are described in terms of clinical history, but cleverly a single click also shows them listed by diagnosis.