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your doctor doesn\'t know could kill you: A
computer program that provides vast amounts of information for diagnosing
and treating patients could revolutionize the practice of medicine. So
why won\'t physicians use it?\" ... \"Once the questionnaire is completed,
the doctor clicks on \"primary options.\" The computer goes into its vast
database of medical knowledge -originally compiled by PKC Corp. librarians
and updated every six months on CDs or over the Internet - and matches
up the patient\'s answers with all the known symptoms for various causes
of headaches [or any other health malady].\" (1, 2,
-By Chris Gaither
Search: hologram doctor
The inventiveness of American librarianship is a frequently overlooked, so says Edward Morman.
He says American medical libraries and librarians stand out as particularly important, and has pleanty of examples to back it up.
Cavan McCarthy writes \"A Story from a \'Ghostwritten\' research claims There are fears that research is being twisted because doctors allow pharmaceutical firms to write biased academic papers in their names.
The problem may even affect scientific papers submitted to prestigious international journals.
It is suspected that some doctors are being paid many thousands of pounds to lend their reputation to articles with which they have had little involvement.
Sometimes a high-profile named \"author\" may not even have seen much of the data from which the study draws its conclusions.
Hermit ;-) writes \"Oh, diffusion of knowledge what shall we do with thee... The WashingtonPost takes a swipe at the \"media savvy\", selective dissemination of the research results of the human cloning experiment, ending with a criticism from ethics professor Glen McGee who, according to the article, \"has criticized ACT\'s [the company that did the cloning research] selectively releasing details of its work through the media. \"That\'s not the way to do science, and everyone in science who works on sensitive issues says so,\" McGee said.\" At the same time the WP doesn\'t link into the abstract or the full text pdf of the online journal that published the work. On the other hand, the NBC science correspondent, Robert Bazell, during the \'Meet the Press\' interview Sunday, seemed to take issue that the authors of the study are \"going to publish it in the open literature so that everybody else--anybody else who wanted to do it, could do it [clone].\" The LAtimes also mentions that \"As the company continues to publish its research, these critics say, someone could eventually use it to create a cloned embryo and grow it to term in a surrogate mother.\" ... Sigh. Cloning, obsession du jour. \"
For AmedNews.com, Charles Greifenstein writes...
\"With the assistance of a National Leadership Grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia has begun to develop a digital resource, The Historical Medical Digital Library.
The digital library is not intended to provide complete digital copies of historical medical books. Instead, it allows patrons to browse selected books electronically; a virtual pulling the book off the shelf.\" more...
A short piece from the Canadian Health Network on their effort to increase access to health information in the wake of Canada\'s connection of all of its schools and public libraries to the Web:
In 1999, Canada became the first country in the world to have all its public libraries and schools connected to the Internet . Public libraries have always been leaders at providing information to Canadians. To librarians the Internet is just another form of information and culture, along with books, videos, CDs, microfilm and magazines. So it\'s natural that they wanted to make the Internet available to Canadians. What does this have to do with CHN (the Canadian Health Network)? Plenty. The aim of CHN is to help everyone find reliable Canadian health information. The decision at CHN was to provide health information only via the Internet to begin with. This would be a problem if not all Canadians were connected! But by 1999, when the CHN was up and running, many people in Canada now had access to the Internet through their public library.
Al writes \"
Not really a scoop as its ongoing but a nice article on the bbc site about the discussions around the .health TLD:
and the coverage on Slashdot
As always the odd insightful comment worth reading \"
This raises some interesting questions on quality control of web sites, especially medical web sites. Should a government be given control over certain sites to ensure they are reliable? Should anyone really be getting medical advice from a web site to begin with?
Super Helpful Lee Hadden writes:
An article in the September 4, 2000 issue of the Scientist talks about attempts to get medical information and access to articles available throughout the third world by e-publishing. Sponsored by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, publishers and scientist and representatives of medical literature societies got together to hash out plans to make current medical information available to poorer nations.
Someone wrote in with this \"The National Library of Medicine has funded a Website that provides a distance learning opportunity for public librarians (and other information providers) who need to answer health-related questions. Is this an approach that makes sense? \"
I checked out the site, and it\'s pretty cool. They have several nice Pathfinders and other nifty health related stuff. A nice Reference Interview Resources provides information on, well, you can guess what.So....Does it make sense?
Dr Aniruddha Malpani wrote in from India with this:
We feel health libraries can serve as catalysts to
empowering patients with information in developing
countries, and the HELP model could be replicated in most
parts of the world.
HELP - the Health Education Library for People, India\'s
first Consumer Health Education Resource Center , and one
of the world’s largest consumer health libraries ( as
determined by the Medical Library Association , USA ) was
established in 1997 to empower people by providing them with
the information they need to promote their health , and
prevent and treat medical problems in the family in
partnership with their doctor. We are a registered
charitable trust and a non-profit organisation. HELP has
become a prototype of the modern digital library. Our
website at www.healthlibrary.com is India’s leading health portal, and receives over half
a million hits. -- Read More