NetlinesBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7204.265b (Published 24 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:265
AIDA on-line is an interesting, interactive website for looking at the variables influencing control of insulin dependent diabetes (www.shodor.org/aida/index.html) The objective is to show the effect on diabetic control when a host of variables such as dose and timing of insulin are altered by the user. Plenty of educational value, but the site doesn't simulate real life particularly well
The United States Navy has produced a content-rich site called the Virtual Naval Hospital (www.vnh.org/Misc/Outline.html). It is a gateway of hypertext links to substantial resources that could be useful to an isolated medic in the middle of a crisis or conflict. If you can't find what you're looking for here, another sector of the site has an even larger catalogue of resources at www.vnh.org/Providers.htmlThe collection of listings is so huge that in a time of crisis users might be overloaded with data and be unable to find the required information
The Faculty of Medical Informatics, part of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, has published an excellent collection of surgical links at www.rcsed.ac.uk/fmi/gateway.aspThey are neatly catalogued under relevant subject headings, and most surgeons will find something useful in the listings. Not only are there connections to surgical resources, but also links to information technology sites and tourist information about Edinburgh
The Dermatology Online Atlas is a fine example of a good all round dermatology resource (www.derma.med.uni-erlangen.de/bilddb/index_e.htm). This German site (which also has an English version) has, not surprisingly, a high visual content with good pictures of skin lesions. This, of course, has a price; downloading can be slow, especially during rush hour on the net. The information accompanying the graphics is limited but useful, and this is supplemented by links and an option for differential diagnosis.
The web is an excellent medium on which to publish a database, and there are now many to choose from. A large number, however, have names that are not particularly descriptive. So the US National Library of Medicine has assembled a helpful page (www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/databases.html) describing a selection of online databases and linking to them. This gateway page also indicates the cost of using them, although most of them are free. Despite the logical layout of the page, it is still easy to become overwhelmed by the number of databases included.
We welcome suggestions for websites to be included in future Netlines. Readers should contact Harry Brown at the above email.