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Medscape Launches Humor & Leisure Home Page for Physicians.

NEW YORK--(BW HealthWire)--October 8, 1998--Medscape (www.medscape.com), the leading professional medical supersite, now offers physicians the opportunity to boost their "humoral" immunity at Medscape's new Humor & Leisure Home Page. It's new territory for Medscape, whose members (physicians, other healthcare professionals, and consumers) visit the free site for the Web's largest collection of freely-available, peer-reviewed clinical articles.

Medscape's new Humor & Leisure Home Page hosts a collection of fun, funny, relaxing and mildly challenging features, including an exclusive medical crossword (the first medical crossword on the Web designed for physicians), humorous stories, anecdotes and New Yorker-esque cartoons. The content comes from a variety of sources including the highly popular Canadian physician's humor journal, Stitches.

Other features, like DeFUNitions are concocted by Medscape and its members to entertain readers with painful puns, twisted terms, and tangled etymology. For example, "BELONEPHOBIA." Hint: It's pronounced "bell-oh-knee-foe'bee'uh." To the medically clued-in, it might be a dread disease. But for members of Medscape, Belonephobia is "the morbid fear of lunch meat." This wonderful DeFUNition was submitted by Dr. Wayne C. McKinney, Medscape member and Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Sciences from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

Recognizing that laughter is good medicine, Medscape has created an area where physicians can submit their own jokes and humorous anecdotes and read those colleagues have submitted. "Five minutes after we launched the New Humor & Leisure Home Page, a joke was posted by a Medscape physician member," says Stephen Smith, Editorial Director of Medscape. He adds, "The new Humor & Leisure Home Page provides our members with entertainment in the midst of critical clinical information and we expect it will be very popular. We also created the section so that it can serve as a physician's Home Page on Medscape."

To round out the offering, the new area also contains Medscape's Leisure Hotlist, which showcases links to some of the best travel, cuisine, wine and golf sites the Web has to offer.

About Medscape

Medscape, a free site, has more than 600,000 registered members including over 125,000 physicians. It features the Web's largest collection of freely available, peer-reviewed, full-text articles and continuing medical education programs, and live, online coverage of significant medical conferences and meetings. Medscape also provides exclusive access to the world's largest Web-based drug and disease database; a powerful, yet easy-to-use, interface to MEDLINE and other extensive databases of the National Library of Medicine; and thousands of other exclusive articles and interactive features. A new physician joins Medscape every six minutes; and its members access over one million documents every week.

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