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Visit the Office of Medical History, Office of the Surgeon General, for an enthralling chronology of the Surgeons General of the US Army and Their Predecessors http://history.amedd.army.mil/tsgs/default_index.html. The continuum unfolds from 1775 to present day, and alongside the potted biographies are featured great paintings and photographs of the Surgeons General resplendent in their uniforms. Their experiences of war and contemporaneous world events are history brought to life, while their part in the development of new treatments and discoveries adds a medical tincture. These men were the movers and shakers of medical administration and were endowed with the superlative administrative perforce needed to facilitate optimal delivery in demanding battlefield conditions.

The Bad Bug Book http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~mow/intro. html is from the Food and Drug Administration and carries basic facts regarding foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins. These are grouped under "Pathogenic Bacteria," "E Coli," "Parasitic Protozoa and Worms," "Viruses," and "Natural Toxins," with each entry presenting information about the associated foods, the nature of disease, diagnosis, course of disease, complications, etc. Where appropriate, some of the information is outsourced to the CDC, while the top menu has links to searches on CDC, NIH/PubMed, and Agricola. Food for thought indeed.

Doctor Fungus http://www.doctorfungus.org/ is a repository for information about diseases that are caused by fungi, with sections covering "Drugs," "Laboratory," "Education," and "Tools." On the top menu alongside the tabs: "Diseases," "Drugs," and "Environmental Mycology" is "Lecture Bank," offering a series of slides. A small video bank is also available. The information about individual fungi is discussed under the headings "Human," "Veterinary," and "Environmental," and the "Education and Tools" section has a large selection of CME courses. The navigation on this very comprehensive website is excellent. The "DoctorFungus Corporation is dedicated to timely dissemination of information about fungal infections via the world-wide web" with the information being primarily for physicians. Many of the entries are illustrated and the images are also accessible via an image bank.

Congress of Neurological Surgeons Video Library http://www.neurosurgeon.org/education/videos.asp holds a short listing of 9 videos of cranial, spinal, and peripheral neurosurgical procedures. The website says that "Education is an integral part of the mission of the CNS. With this in mind, we present a video library of some of the more common and not so common neurosurgical procedures. It is often easier to gain an appreciation of a complex procedure after seeing it first hand rather than reading about it." There is also a case of the month on the side menu.

Ganfyd http://www.ganfyd.org/index.php?title=Main_Page is a free medical knowledge base that anyone can read, and any registered medical practitioner may edit. Ganfyd is a collaborative medical reference by medical professionals and invited non-medical experts. The site is based around the wiki format, enabling true sharing of knowledge.

Interactive Clinical Pharmacology http://www.icp.org.nz/ offers a menu of 15 interactive graphics that illustrate the basic principles of pharmacokinetics. The site has been designed to increase understanding of important and sometimes difficult concepts and principles in Clinical Pharmacology. It has been developed using Macromedia Flash to enable the use of sliding scales to facilitate an appreciation of the relationships between the various parameters and the dispersal and pharmacokinetic fate of a medication. The graphics offer the choice of a simplistic model or more "biological" representations. The audience is described as being "... any student or practitioner requiring clinical pharmacology knowledge, e.g. undergraduate and post-graduate students in medicine, pharmacy and pharmacology. A basic understanding of physiology and pharmacology is assumed." The website was developed in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Christchurch Hospital/School of Medicine, New Zealand.

Cancer Care Ontario http://www.cancercare.on.ca/index.htm is an umbrella organization that steers and coordinates Ontario's cancer services and prevention efforts. Their "Standards and Guidelines" section offers a "Drug Formulary with Drug Monographs for Healthcare Professionals." "Practice Guidelines" are also available from the side menu.
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