NetlinesBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7337.619/a (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:619
The US based National Center for Infectious Diseases has produced a treasure trove of publications and resources that will be of great help to travellers and their healthcare providers (www.cdc.gov/travel/reference.htm). From details about cholera infected countries to a database of the sanitation inspections of international cruise ships (including a list of ships with unsatisfactory scores), there is a mass of information here. This is an amazing collection that should be a core reference point for global travel medical advice.
From the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (www.sign.ac.uk/guidelines/published/index.html) comes a well designed site with downloadable documents on a range of subjects, from day case cataract surgery to the control of pain in people with cancer. Helpfully the guidelines are grouped by specialty, and some are available directly to view within the browser, while virtually all are available as PDF files. This site is a model of how to distribute guidelines online.
Clinical signs may not always be easy to interpret, but if you want help on nystagmus there is a useful site available (www.mrcophth.com/nystagmus/nystagmuscases.html). The information is clearly set out, with a link to a diagnostic flow chart. This site is an excellent clinical and educational aid.
Sometimes it is educational as well as moving to read online diaries produced by patients or their families reflecting the ups and downs of their illness. At www.acor.org/ped-onc/homepages.html there are numerous personal stories of children with cancer, all organised by tumour type and broad age group. This is a stimulating way to share experiences and knowledge. It is also possibly therapeutic for the authors. Certainly for doctors it is an illuminating read.
For a useful compendium of sites relating to evidence based practice and systematic review, have a look at www.cardiacrehabilitation.org.uk/Links/research_resources.htm. Many of the sites mentioned are well known already but it is useful to be able to access them all from one page. Helpfully each link is accompanied by a description and, although the host site looks at cardiac rehabilitation (worth a look in its own right), the resources on this page are of a general nature.
We welcome suggestions for websites to be included in future Netlines. Readers should contact Harry Brown at the above email address