Sunday, June 11, 2006

Wikipedia For Medicine is The Future-Medscape

According to Peter Frishauf, founder of Medscape
"For readers, Wikipedia is a win. In traditional publishing, readers must wade through many articles on a subject, each written by a few experts, published at 1 moment in time. In Wikipedia you read 1 living article written by many, continually updated by many. Who needs 50 articles on avian flu when 1 will do? And Wikipedia content is often the best on the Web, which means the best anywhere. For writers, Wikipedia offers neither authorship, recognition, reward, nor punishment. Articles aren't indexed, but with Google and Yahoo!, who needs it? The motivation for writing is love of information and a desire to share it. I say a variant of Wikipedia for medicine is the future -- and it's good."
Full Article here-

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I am a medical resident in Philadelphia with background in computers and I cannot agree more that wiki is the way to go for medicine. It is more important in areas such as medicine where there is so much variation in expert opinion to have an agreed upon middle ground and I believe wiki's tend to help arrive there with some limitations. I actually set up a wiki for this purpose with some others at www.wikimd.org and we have been working on creating a free medical encyclopedia.

Prab R Tumpati, MD

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