A Directory of Some Authentic and Reference Medical Websites

Thanks to mobile connectivity, internet has almost replaced the libraries and other reference texts in medicine today. More and more medicos are connected to internet to keep themselves updated about the latest treatments, technologies and researches. Not surprisingly, online-only journals have started appearing. The Journal of Medical Internet research (JMIR) is one such journal founded in 1999. It is an international scientific peer-reviewed journal on all aspects of research, information and communication in the health-care field using Internet and intranet-related technologies.

Unfortunately, most (if not all) of the medical content available on net can not be considered as authentic. The reason is that the source of content is either unavailable or fake. So a newbie or not-so-tech-savvy (as is the case with most of the medicos) doctor becomes confused about ‘where to look for’ and what to consider authentic on internet. I was not an exception when using internet first time. Considering this difficulty, I searched, cross-checked, and verified the content and source of hundreds of websites. Then I prepared a list of most authentic and updated websites just to make your life easier. Here goes the list…….

A. GENERAL RESOURCES, DATABASE, JOURNALS AND ASSOCIATIONS WEBSITES

PubMed: The US National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) search service that provides a free searchable access to millions of citations and abstracts in MEDLINE and other related databases, with links to participating online journals.
2. www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov
PubMed Central: The US NLM’s digital archive of life sciences journal literature. Access to PMC is free and unrestricted
3. www.biomedcentral.com
BioMed Centra: A commercial publisher which provides immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. BMC publishes more than 50 online journals in the fields of biology and medicine.
4. www.medscape.com
A very good resource about everything happening in the field of medicine currently, daily updated.
5. www.emedicine.com
6. Medicalmatrix
7. Medlineplus
8. Medicalstudent
9. nlm.nih.gov
10. Freemedical journal
-Free Medical Journals
11. Amedeo -Amedeo: The medical literature guide
12. icmje.org
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE): A group of medical journal editors met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the ‘Vancouver Group’. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the ICMJE.
13. wame.org -World Association of Medical Editors
14. mco.edu
Instructions to Authors in the Health Sciences: Contains links to web sites which provide instructions to Authors for over 3500 journals in health and life sciences.
15. bioline.bdt.org.br
Bioline International: A non-profit electronic publishing service committed to providing access to quality research journals published in developing countries.
16. indmed.nic.in
ICMR–NIC Centre for Biomedical Information, New Delhi provides, among others, a bibliographic database of 75 peer-reviewed Indian biomedical journals.
18. vts.rdn.ac.uk -Internet Medic: A ‘teach yourself’ tutorial
Internet Information Centre (www.nnlm.gov/netinfo)
19. bc.sympatico.ca
Patient’s guide to healthcare information on the Internet
20. webcom.com -Physician’s guide to the Internet
21. sciencekomm.at
MedBioWorld: Search engine and medical link directories
22. library.uchc.edu -Medical search engines and meta-sites
23. mic.ki.se -Website for all medical images and illustrations.

B. RESEARCH DATABASES AND RESOURCE’S WEBSITES

1. controlled-trials.com
Provides access to a searchable database of ongoing UK-funded trials, reports of controlled trials and trial protocols and links to other online registers of controlled trials.
2. clinicaltrials.gov
3. globalforumhealth.org
Global Forum for Health Research: The Global Forum’s central objective is to help correct the 10/90 gap by focusing research efforts on diseases representing the heaviest burden on the world’s health.
4. omni.ac.uk
Offers free access to a searchable catalogue of Internet sites covering health and medicine.
5. qmedin.com -Indian Website on medicine.
6. lib.umich.edu -Medical Statistical Resources on the internet.

These websites cover medicine in general and do not represent any particular speciality. Hope you will benefit from these…

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