eMedicine is an online clinical medical knowledge base that was founded in
1996by Scott Plantz and Richard Lavely, two medical doctors. It was sold to WebMDin January 2006.
It is web-based and consists of clinical overviews of disease entities by experts in the field.
Continuing medical educationcredits may be extended to those who complete questionnaires relating to each of the articles. It consists of all the major topics that are found in each of 62 clinical subspecialties that comprise nearly all of clinical medicine. Each topic is written by a board certified subspecialist in the subspecialty to which the chapter-like article is assigned, and edited by three additional board certified subspecialists, as well as a pharmacy editor.Fact|date=August 2007 All authors' and editors' academic affiliations are listed with their names. Approximately 10,000 doctors from all over the world helped create its content.Fact|date=August 2007 All articles are updated periodically through a publication system designed specifically for the eMedicine site. It is read by doctors and medical students from approximately 120 countries.Fact|date=August 2007 Updating occurs regularly as new advancements in medicine occur, and the date of the most recent update is published on each chapter.
A recent study showed that 12% of
radiologyresidents used eMedicine as their first source when doing research on the internet.cite journal |author=Kitchin DR, Applegate KE |title=Learning radiology a survey investigating radiology resident use of textbooks, journals, and the internet |journal=Academic radiology |volume=14 |issue=9 |pages=1113–20 |year=2007 |pmid=17707320 |doi=10.1016/j.acra.2007.06.002]
Another study ranking 114 sites rated it the second-highest Internet-based source of information for pediatric neuro-oncology, after the site of the
National Cancer Institute.cite journal |author=Hargrave DR, Hargrave UA, Bouffet E |title=Quality of health information on the Internet in pediatric neuro-oncology |journal=Neuro-oncology |volume=8 |issue=2 |pages=175–82 |year=2006 |pmid=16533758 |doi=10.1215/15228517-2005-008]
* [http://www.emedicine.com/ eMedicine website]
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