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Set off from this page to the Internet sites found to be most useful to me in family practice (see below). In addition, this site contains:

Most useful doctor sites:

These are the sites I actually use the most. See Lots of Links for a bigger window to the rest of the Internet.

Merck Medicus
is the best starting point for local medical content as well as links to medical sites.
One site for patient handouts is Dr. Pen
The Internet has been especially useful to me in obtaining authoritative information on various cancers. Cancernet has the National Institutes of Health's PDQ documents. Some are written to answer the patients' questions about their situation, and others give the doctors data for staging, prognosis and both standard and experimental treatment options. Another site, oncolink has a large repository of oncology information maintained by the University of Pennsylvania.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is an agency of the Public Health Service, in the Department of Health and Human Services. Among copious public health information is found the contents of the "yellow book" of travel health information that health departments refer to and the "blue sheet" of constantly updated vaccine requirements.
MedEc Interactive
A valuable site with resources similar to those of Physicians On-Line, including PDR, FDA bulletins, e-mail, CME and forums. From Medical Economics, the publishers of PDR. Checked 7/97. A patient came in taking Zyprexa, prescribed by her psychiatrist, and having side effects. I couldn't find Zyprexa in the 1997 PDR nor the PDR Supplement that came in today's mail! However, it was described in detail in an FDA approval announcement that MedEc Interactive had on its site. Searching was easy: I just typed Zyprexa in their search engine.
By the publishers of The Medical Tribune, this is a fun site to browse for news articles of current interest, "bug of the month" quizzes and infectious disease information.
National Library of Medicine
The home page, Hyperdoc, has access to Health Services /Technology Assessment Text (HSTAT), including Clinical Guidelines of Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Consensus statements by NIH, and Reports of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
NLM offers Medline over the Internet, and it's better than ever.
Pediatric Emergency X-ray cases
*** Good teaching collection of Pediatric Emergency X-ray cases by WWW. . This is plain old good quality medical education. Clinical cases are presented with the x-rays, followed by a discussion on x-ray findings/signs and approach to pediatric emergencies. Dr. Yamamoto started this series a few years ago when the files had to be compressed and downloaded by ftp. They have been adding cases ever since. You can also mail two diskettes for each of five volumes with a self-addressed return envelope to: Loren Yamamoto, M.D, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, 1319 Punahou St., #718, Honolulu, HI 96826. Checked 6/99.
Virtual Hospital
This is famous as one of the first sites of its kind. It is a project of the University of Iowa to share information, images, case presentations and CME.

Finally, here's a thought: Sir William Osler...The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business."

Talk back!

What have you found to be useful in your practice? Have you found problems with any of the resources identified by this page? I'd like to know what you think.

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Created September, 1995. Homepage last updated 2013. Links page updated more frequently.

Wesley Eastridge, M.D. is a family practice doctor in Gate City, Virginia and across the state line in Kingsport, Tennessee. See our group's homepage at

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