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doi: 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e31815ba5aa
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Young, Jim

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The Australian Venom Research Unit http://www.avru.org/index.html is based at the University of Melbourne and is described as being “An internationally recognized interdisciplinary research unit focused on the problem of venomous injury in Australia and the Asia-Pacific,” and that “A key activity of the Unit is to provide medical advice on envenomations, antivenoms and related issues to doctors, veterinarians, paramedical staff and poisons information centers.” The variety of advice about the dangers from venomous fauna is awesome, and although the comprehensive first aid and clinical summaries are reassuring, the LD50 comparisons must be the ultimate in dead reckoning in the outback. The “First Aid” chapter is categorized by species and strain and the “Clinical Advice” by venomous animal (know or unknown), assessment, management, antivenom, etc. The “General” section has interesting statistical illustrations such as history, mapping and venomous animal tree, while the “For Kids” section has quizzes, quick facts, and coloring pages.

Free registration is required to view Pediatric Radiology Case of the Week http://www.pedsradiology.com/newhistory.aspx from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Readers are invited to submit a diagnosis for the current radiological images. Past cases are available in their archive and these can be viewed with or without diagnosis. The website is run by Dr. Narla, Professor and Director of pediatric radiology and Dr. Fitch, associate professor. Residents who submit correct diagnoses are listed.

Cyber Museum of Neurosurgery http://www.neurosurgery.org/cybermuseum/index.html#intro. Access to the exhibits is fronted by an interactive floor plan along with a short list of featured exhibits. This gateway is subdivided into “View the exhibit” or “View accompanying article.” The introduction suggests that “All major advances in neurosurgery have come about during the 20th century. Therefore it is fitting that as the century ends, so begins a new opportunity to gain knowledge about these advances by a visit to the Cyber Museum of Neurosurgery.” The Archivist is Chris Ann Philips and the museum is run by American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

PeriStats http://www.marchofdimes.com/peristats/pdfdocs/usertips.pdf. Choose a state from the “Easy Start” drop down menu to access extensive perinatal data. Developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, the PeriStats Web site provides free access to US state, county, and city maternal & infant health data that will “… ensure that health professionals, researchers, medical librarians, policy-makers, students, and the media have easy access to this information.” They also state that “Data are updated throughout the year, and useful for multiple tasks, including fact-finding, health assessments, grant writing, policy development, lectures and presentations.” Other data gateways include “Maps,” Graphs,” “Quick Facts” and “State Summaries” and these can be copied and pasted into reports and presentations. In all, “Over 60,000 graphs, maps and tables are available on PeriStats, and data are always referenced to the relevant source.” This comprehensive data mine comes complete with a user guide.

Neurons Animated Functional Concepts http://icarus.med.utoronto.ca/neurons/index.swf is a multicomponent teaching aid on neurophysiology. It comes in 8 chapters, and progresses through the multiple subcategories of basic neurophysiology. The interactive animations are keyword driven. The resource is from the University of Toronto. As a selective transmitter of neurophysiological information, these animations have optimized transmitter/receptor synchronization.

Clinical Skills Online http://www.elu.sgul.ac.uk/cso/index.htm is the index page at St. Georges Hospital, London, UK for online videos that demonstrate core clinical skills common to a wide range of medical and health-based courses. There are 12 basic examination skills videos available in this well-presented series.

NeoCortext WebMic http://people.musc.edu/∼vslide/webmic/allgspez/WebMicGenOrg.html. WebMic is the result of a collaboration between Dr. Ogilvie at the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Groscurth at the University of Zurich, and Dr. Rohr, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Although the last update was in 2003, the images are still fun to use. The menu expander opens a tree of tissue types comprising: “General Histology” or “Organ Histology.” Clicking on a tissue brings up an enlarged image within an “eyepiece” alongside a smaller overview map. Moving the circular cursor around the overview slide enables the corresponding image to be viewed in the “eyepiece.” Magnification can be selected and labels can be switched on or off (including a quiz of labels via a top menu tab). This is a neat and fun experience with a fair-sized selection of tissue types.

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