NETLINESBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7575.976 (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:976
Always looking for medical illustrations for PowerPoint presentations? Within the massive site of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is http://phil.cdc.gov/Phil/home.asp. This gem of a site has a search engine for illustrations, photographs, and videos from the Public Health Image Library. You will need to be aware of copyright issues, but the frequently asked questions section (read this before you download from the site) states that most of the images are free of copyright restrictions. However, not unreasonably, the site does request attribution of source. This is a high quality collection that will interest any health professional seeking images to spruce up a document or presentation.
Blogs are now appearing all over the web, and it is good to see plenty covering the healthcare scene. One interesting one is http://pharmagossip.blogspot.com/, whose author takes a look behind the scenes of “big pharma.” It is a colourful, well illustrated, and feature packed site; I liked the music videos from YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/). Even if you don't always agree with the author's take on the drug industry, the blog still has interesting views and news stories.
Travel medicine is a fast moving specialty, and plenty of material can be found on the internet. It is easy to be overloaded with information, but one helpful site is http://www.nathnac.org/pro/clinical_updates/index.htm, which delivers regular chunks of updated travel health news in an easy to read format. Although the site currently has no facility for readers to receive its regular updates by email, all the current year's alerts are available in order of date, providing a simple but effective way to find data and information about travel health.
The Turning Research into Practice (TRIP) database (http://www.tripdatabase.com/) has been around for a while, but it has only recently become free to access. It is a general, all purpose medical search engine specialising in interrogating evidence based medicine resources. A search box on an uncluttered home page will allow you to find not only good quality resources but also clinical images and information leaflets for patients, and there is a nice collection of search tips and an advanced search option.
We welcome suggestions for websites to be included in future Netlines. Readers should contact Harry Brown at the above email address.