WHY WE PRESENT THIS SITE
Physicians caring for their patients often need immediate access to
information on disease manifestations, testing procedures, diagnostic
criteria, and the very latest information on therapy. With a moment of
leisure the physician may also wish to read in detail about the disease
physiology, differential diagnosis, and genetic diagnosis, if available.
Traditionally this material came from a textbook. Numerous excellent
books are available, and they will continue to be cornerstones in
physician education. But some printed texts are outdated,
expensive, often unavailable, and can not be easily updated. Currently
nearly every well-trained physician has a computer on his desk, hooked
to the Internet, and increasingly he/she looks to the Web for patient
care information. The Web is instantly available, can be accessed
without charge, and can provide fully-documented, current, reliable,
medical information - crucial in practice - within seconds. However the
Web is inundated with medical information that is unreliable or biased.
Thus if MDs are to depend on a Web-site, it must demonstrate the highest
standards of integrity and reliability, by having highly respected
editors and authors, independence of operation, and thorough review of
all published material.