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Few Useful Miscellaneous Medical Textbooks & Databases

1. The On-line Medical Dictionary at http://cancerweb.ncl.ac.uk/omd/ is popularly referred as OMD. This searchable dictionary that has been created by Dr Graham Dark, copyrighted by Academic Medical Publishing & CancerWEB, has in its web version medical terms, acronyms, jargon, theory, conventions, standards, institutions, projects, eponyms and history.

2. Medical Mnemonics
at http://www.medicalmnemonics.com/cgi-bin/browse.cfm is a popular site, particularly with students. The concept of "Mnemonics have existed almost as long as the medical knowledge itself." The material database is sorting by system, by preclinical/clinical subject, bybody area or by specific ideas and encompasses nearly 40 specialities from Anatomy to Urology. Besides, there is a random mnemonic generator available as a special feature, too.

For those interested in Medical Eponyms, here is a resourceful site that is readily available. Whonamedit.com at http://www.whonamedit.com/ is an online biographical dictionary of medical eponyms containing "all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person". The site which aims at including more than 15.000 eponyms and more than 6.000 persons, has a database cataloged by name, by alphabet, by countries, by categories or by a free text-search. Also, there is a featured "Eponym
of the day" thrown in for good measure.

4. Medical Algorithms project at http://www.medal.org is a compendium of over 2550 algorithms. A medical algorithm is any computation, formula, survey or look up table, useful in health care. This storehouse of algorithms has been compiled from various sources of biomedical literature, research journals and textbooks and is authored by John R. Svirbely, M.D., & M.G.Sriram, PhD. Divided under categories of specialities, each of the 44 chapters consists of two principal entities: an MS Excel workbook, (the algorithms of the chapter), and an MS Word document (the descriptions and references for the algorithms). Interestingly, the chapters are downloadable as a zip file.

From the BMJ group here is a classic: How to read a paper is a compilation of unique work principally from Trisha Greenhalgh dealing with evaluation, appraisal and statistical analysis of journal articles and all matter that generates the world of medical literature. Available at http://bmj.com/collections/read.htm the material comprises of absorbing topics such as Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research), Papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses), Papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses), Papers that report diagnostic or screening tests, etc. besides there is also educative material on Statistics and the Medline database

6. Statistics Every Writer Should Know
at http://nilesonline.com/stats/ is a site that acknowledges "Numbers can't "talk," but they can tell you as much as your human sources can". Beginning with Mean, Median and Percent, the material then covers Per capita and Rates, Standard Deviation and Normal Distribution, Margin of Error and Confidence Interval and Data Analysis.

7. Statistics at square one
at http://www.bmj.com/collections/statsbk/index.shtml is a handy reference for all medical practitioners. This textbook (Ninth Edition) written by T D V Swinscow, and revised by M J Campbell, is published on the web by the BMJ Publishing Group. While the early chapters focus on basics of Statistics i.e. data display and summary, mean and standard deviation, populations and samples, statements of probability and confidence intervals, the later chapters focus on the actual computational methods namely t tests, chi-squared tests, exact probability test, rank score tests, correlation and regression, survival analysis and Study design and choosing a statistical test is expectedly a key chapter in the book.

8. RxList
at http://www.rxlist.com/ founded and maintained by Sandow N, Pharm.D is now part of the Healthcentral.com Network of sites. This site is a useful pharma index. Five types of searches are possible, namely RxList Search (for brand name, generic name and pharmacological category), Keyword Search (for keywords such as interactions, side effects, foreign brand names), RxList-ID Search (for have alphanumeric characters printed on tablets and capsules for identification), Drug FAQ's/Patient monographs Search (for drug information) and a Medical Dictionary Search (for more than 53,000 medical terms in Taber's Medical Encyclopedia). Interesting links to items such as Top 200 Drugs of reference years, the most prescribed products, alternative medicine and a homeopathic and herbal remedies section are also available.

Digital Imaging Fundamentals is a basic primer that deals specifically on the at http://www.kodak.com/US/en/digital/dlc/book3/index.shtml The educative material has essentially six chapters, commencing with Digital Imaging fundamentals, Digital Imaging fundamentals, Digital color theory, Desktop imaging systems & issues, Introduction to Digital Imaging, Printing Digital images and Introduction to Digital storage.

10. Handbook of Medical Informatics
is edited by J.H. van Bemmel from Erasmus University, Rotterdam and M.A. Musen from Stanford University.The website is accessible at http://www.mieur.nl/mihandbook/r_3_3/handbook/home.htm. Indeed, Medical informatics has been correctly described by the Website as being "located at the intersection of information technology and the different disciplines of medicine and health care." In the present version there are nine sections with nearly 40 chapters dealing with topics such as Data from Patients, Methodology for Information Processing and Methodology for Information Systems to name a few. Besides there are features on Tables, FigureList, Demos & Videos, Exercises and Literature References.

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