Literature - Sources & Searching
The Cochrane Collaboration
An extensive collection of reviews and meta-analysis. If you want to know what 'evidence-based medicine' is, then this is the site to look at.
>The Cochrane Collaboration
A complete list of all of the English-language reviews available to date.
>The Cochrane Collaboration: all English-language reviews
An online database of many articles. Displays the article abstract, often with links to read the full article.
A trial version of PubMed that is suitable for users & locations with slow internet access - allows PubMed to be searched and the article references to be emailed to the user.
Textbooks & Teaching - General
This site is like an advanced version of the 'GP Notebook' site and contains more detailed but harder-to-read articles on many topics. Articles are written in the style of scientific papers and are usually accompanied by lists of literature references, and are hence useful for 'reference use' when writing essays or presentations as they contain lots of facts regarding each condition, including definitions, aetiologies, clinical features, management, etc.
A surpsingly useful site that has simple and brief explanations for almost everything. Best used almost as a medical dictionary, for reading quick summaries of topics.
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Some say that this is most widely used medical textbook in the world. Despite this claim, we have yet to see any students in the UK actually using it. That might have something to do with the fact that it is as big as a small house and can therefore be slightly intimidating at first. Fear not though, for it is online and searchable in it's entirity. Until the updated 2006 edition is up, the previous version is currently available on the site. It may be big, but it is very very clever.
>The Merck Manual Online
Textbooks & Teaching - Surgery & Anatomy
So far, this contains 3D reconstructions of the brain, the heart and the knee.
The gold-standard of anatomy texts (not the TV series), now online.
Whole Brain Atlas
By Harvard. Includes images of both normal brain and various pathological conditions, such as strokes, tumours, degenerative disease and inflammatory diseases.
>Harvard Whole Brain Atlas