Pointers on Web Destinations
Friends & Students!
On occasion, I will be pointing out a few WWW links to you. Many of these
links, and many more, can be found in the "Web Destinations" section of
the course web site.
This is about
is a "portal" to Medicine. Simply type
"medscape" in the location space
of your browser and you will get to
"http://www.medscape.com". Or click
on either one of those URLs in this text.
Medscape is a free
service but you are supposed to sign up before you use it.
Now, let's give
a try. Suppose we have a headache (all the studying of organic
chemistry!) and we need some medicine for it. Type "headache" in the
search field and return. You are presented with a list of recent articles
discussing all kinds of headache related issues. Now note the box on the
lower left with the greenish background. Click on "drugs by disease" and
you will see the following list:
Headache, Vascular, Prophylaxis
All these choices. Since we meet four times a week, you might
contemplate clicking on "Headache, Frequent", but then again, you decide
to click on "Headache,
Tension" ... and you are transferred to a screen that says:
Information about Headache, Tension
View drugs to treat
View drugs to avoid in patients with condition
View possible drug causes
OK, let's "view drugs to treat" the headache. Quite a few choices are
coming up. Select "Aspirin/Caffeine/Butalbital (Oral)". This selection
brings you to a screen with all kinds of information. Look around!
All this information in seconds, for any drug, for any disease, and for
Now, look around