Medical links

I've been very interested in medicine for a number of years now. It probably began in 1999 when I started to get into nutritional science, but realized I'd need more medical knowledge in order to understand all the information. At the same time I was also writing a novel whose main character was a teenager with leukemia, so I had to read dozens of books and websites in order to get a good grasp of the illness. I guess that's why oncology is still one of my main areas of interest, even though it has no personal relevance to me (unlike things like nutrition, neurology, immunology, pharmacology and other "favorites" of mine). Since then I've read tens of thousands of pages in medical books and probably a similar amount of websites. I also find medical Usenet groups very interesting and informative.

This link list has been compiled from my bookmark list. It is not intended to be a conclusive list of areas of medicine or of the most informative websites. It mostly consists of scientific information, but also has links to some column-like commentaries, patient advocacy sites and such. I hope that it will be of use or of interest for someone, perhaps for a passionate "home researcher" like me, perhaps it will even spark someone's interest in medicine. I think that medicine is a topic that is relevant to all of us and having some knowledge of it won't hurt. I even believe that understanding medicine will help us better understand both ourselves and other people.

Also remember that I cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of the information on these linked sites. I don't agree with everything they say. Please remember that the medicine is an area with many kinds of theories and controversies. A lot of the information is updated all the time. If you suspect you have a medical problem, you should see a doctor. None of these links are intended to replace the personal advice from a medical professional.

I recently removed all links to New Scientist articles I had previously had on this site. The magazine has made it very clear they do not respect science and consequently I have no reason to respect their abominations of science.

General

Pubmed a search engine for medical papers
Medical dictionary
WrongDiagnosis.com descriptions of thousands of illnesses and a symptom search
AllRefer Health thousands of medical articles and pictures
General Practice Notebook an online encyclopedia for medical professionals
The Merck Manual the diagnostic bible of medicine
eMedicine clinical knowledge base excellent articles about thousands of topics
World Health Organization
MedicalStudent.com a digital library for medical students
Medscape medical news and full-text journal articles
MedicineNet.com health and medical information produced by doctors
Med Help International professional answers to questions about different illnesses
Health @ Suite101 not a professional resource, but nonetheless can be useful
Faculty Of 1000 Medicine

Psychology, psychiatry and neurology

Circadiana a blog about sleep and circadian rhythms
Sleepnet.com "everything you wanted to kow about sleep but were too tired to ask"
Psychopharmacology tips
Living with Schizoaffective disorder a personal account
SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome
Internet Mental Health information about mental illness and psychotropic medications
Neurotransmitter.net neuroscience (including psychiatry, neurology, neuropharmacology etc)
PsychoTropical Research
McMan's Depression and Bipolar Web
PsychEducation.org information about e.g. depression and bipolar disorder

Quack spotting

Quackwatch
The Anti-Immunization Activists: A Pattern of Deception
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Medical
Skeptic's Dictionary: alternative medicine

Drugs and medication

sci.med.pharmacy Usenet newsgroup
WorstPills.org a bit of a sensationalistic approach to medication, but some good information too
StoptheDrugWar.org "raising awareness of the consequences of drug prohibition"
Crazy Meds! "The Good, The Bad & The Funny of Neurological Medications"
SI Units for Clinical Data
DrugBank a database containing detailed pharmacological information about thousands of drugs
Erowid information about psychoactive substances
Drug Interactions
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
RxList - Top300 The Top 300 Prescriptions in the US
Clinical Pharmacology of SSRI's a quality free book
Nom dePlume's Guide to Medicine for Mental Health
Scientific Misconduct Blog
Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Research Foundation

Disability

A Ragged Edge Online an online magazine about disability
Wheelchair Junkie a thought-provoking blog about disability issues
Screw Bronze! an incredibly well-written and though-provoking blog about living with a (terminal) disability

Illnesses and treatments

FluWiki information about influenza
A Hummmingbirds Guide to ME information about chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis
MAGNUM: The National Migraine Association
Headache causes, types and treatments
Low Dose Naltrexone a great treatment for e.g. autoimmune and neurological diseases, HIV/AIDS and cancer
ADHD Treatments one of the best patient-run blogs I've seen
The Falling Apart Syndrome

Cancer

sci.med.diseases.cancer Usenet newsgroup
cancerfacts.com

Nutrition and exercise

sci.med.nutrition Usenet newsgroup
American Society for Nutrition
Nutrition Facts & Calorie Counter
Calories Burned During Exercise
Linus Pauling Institute somewhat controversial information about micronutrients
FitDay - Free Weight Loss and Diet Journal
Vitamin D Council
The Life Extension Manual

News

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine News
Latest Science and Health News from Reuters
Google News - Health
Health News - New York Times

Alternative/complementary medicine

HerbMed a scientific resource about medicinal herbs
Ed's Guide to Alternative Therapies a skeptical yet open-minded pathologist comments on alternative therapies
Dietary Supplement Information Bureau
10 Common Herb Mistakes - And How to Avoid Them
Vitamins in America information with references, not only about vitamins (and America)

Death

Crossing the Creek "Practical Guide To Understanding Dying Process"
Growth House improving care for the dying
Causes of Death international death statistics

Papers and articles about psychiatry and neurology

His Brain, Her Brain
Biological Basis For Creativity Linked To Mental Illness
It's Not All in Your Head
Withdrawal from paroxetine can be severe, warns FDA
Deep into Sleep
Influence of psychological coping on survival and recurrence in people with cancer: systematic review
What Makes People gay?
Scientists Find 'Chemo Brain' No Figment Of The Imagination
Brainstorm
Brain scan shows rejection pain
"I Wanted My Brain Back"
Beauty and the Brain
The 'miracle' treatment that's bringing the brain-damaged back to life
Scientist Turns Microscope on Herself
Some Cases Of Autism May Be Traced To The Immune System Of Mothers During Pregnancy
Hack your brain: How to hallucinate with ping-pong balls and a radio
Two urges to eat an eye-opening article about the reasons behind the overeating that causes obesity
Deadly Brain Lesion Fuels Artist's Talent
What's in a Word? Language may shape our thoughts
Where Bias Begins: The Truth about Stereotypes
First Person Plural
Newly Discovered Sensory System in Skin May Reveal Secrets of Pain
Savant for a Day
Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?
The Insanity Virus
Drug warriors - it's time for you to go to rehab
Mind-altering bugs
Medical astrology and its relation to modern psychiatry

Other papers and articles

Raw food eaters thin but healthy
Dr William Coley and tumour regression: a place in history or in the future
What to do/not do for chronically ill friends
Rebuilding the Food Pyramid
Ethics Manual: Fourth Edition
Cancer: A Day in the life
The Treasure of Mumbai
Chocolate Constituent Bests Fluoride
Marijuana May Fight Lung Tumors
The Truth About Painkillers
Dysautonomia
When Is a Pain Doctor a Drug Pusher?
Five Body Parts We No Longer Need
The Kanzius Machine: A Cancer Cure?
To be dead sure you get the last word, write your own obit
Welcome to Cancerland
Got Osteoporosis?
CAFFEINE AND TEA: Myth and Reality
A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health

Miscellaneous

sci.life-extension Usenet newsgroup
Medical Books - FreeBooks4Doctors over 600 medical ebooks
Q Fever! medical humor and satire
Random Acts Of Reality a thought-provoking blog of an EMT
DB's Medical Rants explorations of medicine and the healthcare system
NCBI ROFL
Medical moments in 55 words an interesting "microblog"
NeuroLogica Blog
Environmental Medicine Matters, a blog about chemical sensitivity and related subjects
Enterovirus Foundation


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