, operated by Dr. Stephen Barrett, provides insight into scams, lies, and half-truths that are rampant on the Internet, especially concerning medicine.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides free public access to MEDLINE.
Medscape Today is a comprehensive source of clinical information organized by medical specialty. A huge searchable database is available, including MEDLINE, drug information, and full text articles.
Doctor's Guide to the Internet is a good starting point for everything from support groups to planning leisure and travel.
The Medical Matrix contains many useful links, most of which have been recommended by physicians.
Galaxy Health Directory is a guide to worldwide information and services provided by America's Health Network.
Healthfinder is a gateway to consumer health and human services information and was developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
MedWeb is a comprehensive medical database with an effective search facility hosted by Emory University.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) include a search tool that can retrieve all dermatologically relevant articles. For example, the 1992 consensus conference on the treatment and detection of malignant melanoma can be viewed.
PDR.net, created by Medical Economics Company Inc, provides American physicians with free online medical information, including the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) index, MEDLINE searches, and archives of several medical journals.
WebDoctor is a comprehensive index of Internet resources for physicians, including several links for dermatology.
Yahoo! Health sites
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site includes the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and vital statistics, as well as information regarding health concerns and recommendations for international travelers.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The Food and Drug Administration site includes current US drug regulations, the orange book of approved products, and consumer drug information. This site is a useful source for information about food-borne illnesses, including Escherichia coli outbreaks, and the function of chemicals in cosmetics.
National Center for Biotechnology Information
A New Gene Map of the Human Genome
HospitalWeb includes links to web pages of hospitals, both in the United States and globally.
The Mayo Clinic has compiled medical information. For additional links, see the Mayo Clinic's Department of Dermatology. Information regarding melanoma clinical trials and staging also can be found.
Reuters Health Information Services offers daily medical news.
OncoLink (The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center) features extensive information on cancer for patients and health care professionals.
Cancer.gov is the National Cancer Institute's effort to provide accurate information about all types of cancer for patients and physicians.
American Cancer Society site includes useful information for patients with skin cancer.
Virtual Hospital at the University of Iowa is a digital health sciences library for patients and health care providers.
Virtual Library Biomedical Page (Harvard)
CenterWatch: Clinical Trials Listing Service can help enroll a patient in a clinical trial. For example, the various trials concerning systemic lupus erythematosus are listed.
Best Doctors helps patients find information about, and access to, medical care. The site partners with HealthCentral, a consumer health information service that features the physician broadcaster, Dr Dean Edell.
BioMedNet is for biological and medical researchers and features a large library.
GeneTests genetic testing resource comes from the Children's Health Care System in Seattle.
The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man from the National Center for Biotechnology Information keeps updated information on over 10,000 disease entities. This is an excellent site to use for learning about the latest molecular defects known in diseases and is a searchable database.
GENERAL DERMATOLOGY SITES
HardinMD Dermatology from the University of Iowa's library lists the best dermatology sites that list sites and searches for recent PubMed citations.
The University of Iowa Dermatology site offers many links to other relevant sites that make surfing the Internet easy. A list of academic dermatology departments is included.
The Internet Dermatology Society has many helpful links, including the Electronic Textbook of Dermatology.
Rxderm Archives include discussions about conventional and nonconventional treatments for a variety of dermatologic conditions. Dermatologists can sign up for the online discussion group and correspond with other dermatologists.
DermNet, the New Zealand Dermatological Society's web site, includes basic patient information about a large number of skin disorders and medical education for primary care doctors.
DocDerm the web site by Dr Bob Rosen provides many of his patient handouts and other related information.
Karolinska Institutet library has links to many sites relating to skin and connective tissue diseases.
Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants
Medical Matrix has been called “a ranked, peer-reviewed, annotated, updated clinical medicine resource.”
Galaxy Health Directory is a starting point for information related to dermatology.
Yahoo! Dermatology lists sites pertinent to dermatology.
The Doctor's Guide Personal Edition provides a personally customizable web page with pertinent dermatologic information.
American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) includes a directory and member services.
British Dermatologists Internet Site (BDIS), for dermatologists only, has details of the British Association of Dermatologists and subspecialty groups.
DermIS, the Dermatology Internet Service of the University of Erlangen, Germany, has lectures, case reports, links for dermatologists, and a large online atlas of images.
Skindex offers expert perspectives on the latest research, diagnostic techniques, and treatment. It includes brief discussions of clinically relevant topics, such as whether hepatitis C should be checked routinely in patients with urticaria.
BoDD, the Botanical Dermatology Database from Cardiff, Wales, is a resource about plants and the skin.
CLINICAL DERMATOLOGY SITES
Dermatology Internet Service (DermIS) from the University of Erlangen includes the largest online atlas, plus much more.
Dermatlas from Johns Hopkins University is an excellent and expanding dermatology atlas, including many images regarding pediatric dermatology.
Dermatologic Image Database of the University of Iowa College of Medicine's Department of Dermatology includes many excellent low-resolution images.
On-line Atlas of Dermatology and Rheumatology is a collection of images of cutaneous manifestations of rheumatic diseases.
Loyola University's dermatology site has good clinical and histologic images.
An introduction to basic dermatology from the University of Iowa's Virtual Hospital includes good clinical photos with short descriptions.
The University of Rochester Faculty & Resident Lecture Notes
Pathophysiology of the Skin for medical students at Harvard
NYU's Skin Oncology Teaching Center includes an excellent tutorial on dermoscopy.
Clinical cases from Indiana University Virtual Dermatology test the viewer's diagnostic acumen. Proceed through the real-life scenarios and select pertinent laboratory tests; then, the efficiency of the process of making the diagnosis is rated based on how much money was spent on laboratory tests.
PhotoRounds from MDchoice.com are submitted by emergency department and family medicine doctors. They are available in quiz format or by diagnosis.
AcadermIS case reports and lectures from University of Erlangen, Germany
British Dermatologists Internet Site (BDIS), for dermatologists only, includes case abstracts from regional meetings.
Tuesday evening clinical conferences from New York University (NYU)
Case of the Month from Dermatology at Washington University in St Louis offers monthly cases and diagnoses.
The Internet Dermatology Society Grand Rounds cases
DERMATOLOGICAL SURGERY & DERMATOPATHOLOGY
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)
The American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery & Cutaneous Oncology web site includes a list of members.
The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center offers information about Mohs surgery for patients.
The University of Washington Dermatologic Surgery web site includes patient-oriented information about skin cancer surgery, tumescent liposuction, and other procedures performed by dermatologic surgeons.
Skin Surgery Center offers Dr Odland's patient information on Mohs surgery.
DermPathTutor from the University of Iowa is an outstanding site. It includes many images and a dictionary of terms.
Electron micrographs of skin, cells, and viruses are available from the dermatology department at Mie University School of Medicine.
Dermatology Laboratory Tests (University of Rochester) provides information on many of the rarely ordered and difficult to obtain diagnostic tests for dermatologic diseases.
A study guide for medical students by Dr Hood (Indiana University) has excellent clinical and histologic images of common skin conditions.
Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education (University of Utah) is a general pathology web site with a large number of images and short synopses of disease states. It may be useful in studying for the national boards.
Weill Medical College of Cornell University has a comprehensive introduction to dermatopathology.
The University of Rochester site includes some basic dermatology lectures.
Cell surface CD proteins and their alternate names are listed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
JOURNALS OF INTEREST TO DERMATOLOGISTS
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Archives of Dermatology
International Society of Dermatology
Archives of Dermatological Research
Australasian Journal of Dermatology
British Journal of Dermatology
British Medical Journal (BMJ) (collection of dermatology articles)
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Clinics in Dermatology
Current Problems in Dermatology
Dermatology Online Journal (the first solely online journal indexed by MEDLINE)
European Journal of Pediatric Dermatology
International Journal of Dermatology
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Journal of Dermatological Science
Journal of Dermatological Treatment
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology
Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Skin Therapy Letter
DermWeb has a comprehensive list of dermatology journals.
Stanford University MedWorld provides a list of medical journal web sites.
Galaxy Health Directory lists dermatology journals.
WebMedLit sponsored by Silver Platter indexes medical journal web sites.
DRUGS AND PHARMACOLOGY
RxList Internet Drug Index is a good reference site for drug interactions and consumer information.
Clinical Pharmacology 2000 has made their extensive database available for free (it formerly cost hundreds of dollars). This site is very useful.
The US Pharmacopeia Practitioners' Reporting Network provides health professionals and consumers with timely information about the quality, safety, performance, and design of medical products, drugs, and devices.
Drug InfoNet is another good PDR-like reference.
PDR.net, created by Medical Economics Company Inc, provides American physicians with the PDR index.
MedWatch is the Food and Drug Administration Medical Products Reporting Program for health care professionals. It provides a pathway through which medical personnel can report serious adverse events and product problems that occur with the use of all medical products, including drugs, biologics, medical devices, and special nutritional formulations.
NeedyMeds has information about the special programs provided by pharmaceutical manufacturers to assist people who cannot afford to buy the drugs they need.
Antimicrobial Use Guidelines from the University of Wisconsin Hospital are available on this site.
The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists
PATIENT SUPPORT GROUPS
The University of Iowa web site lists many dermatologic support groups. This is a good site for patients with rare conditions who wish to find others with the same disease.
The American Academy of Dermatology has an extensive list of foundations, institutes, and support groups.
The National Institutes of Health Office of Rare Diseases has information on more than 6000 rare diseases.
The Doctor's Guide lists hundreds of support groups.
National Organization for Rare Disorders web page includes a searchable database of more than 900 diseases.
Email discussion lists for vitiligo, mastocytosis, melanoma, pseudoxanthoma elasticum, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, pemphigus, lupus erythematosus, and others are listed on the University of Iowa's web pages.
DermNet (New Zealand Dermatological Society) has information on a large number of skin conditions, written primarily for patients.
The Mayo Clinic provides medical information.
AcneNet is the first section of DermInfoNet, sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology (ADD).
Virtual Lecture Hall's course about acne
NOAH (National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation)
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Online (ACAAI) is an information and news service.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI) Online has information both for physicians (upcoming meetings, continuing medical education [CME], available audiotapes) and for patients (asthma, sinusitis, and common allergies).
The National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases has information about clinical trials and some patient information.
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network goals are to increase public awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis, to provide education, and to advance research on behalf of those affected by food allergies.
National Jewish Medical and Research Center web site has a useful MedFacts section with information on allergic and immunologic diseases.
Fragranced Products Information Network is a grass roots effort to educate the public about the chemicals used in and the health effects of fragranced products.
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) Alert, "Preventing allergic reactions to natural rubber latex in the workplace."
National Alopecia Areata Foundation
The Amyloid Treatment and Research Program from Boston University School of Medicine includes information for patients and doctors.
Ataxia-Telangiectasia Children's Project
The American Behçet's Disease Association
Vascular Birthmarks Foundation
Congenital moles (nevi or nevus)
Gluten Intolerance Group
National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias
National Eczema Association
Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation
Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America
Novartis has a pharmaceutically sponsored web site for physicians and their patients with genital herpes.
Glaxo has sponsored HerpesWeb, an informative site for patients and physicians, on its herpes web site.
The International Herpes Alliance web site in Europe has excellent information regarding herpes, including advice on how to tell someone you care about that you have herpes.
The International Herpes Management Forum has treatment guidelines for physicians including herpes in pregnancy and herpes in HIV infection.
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (Osler-Weber-Rendu Syndrome)
Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Foundation
This site is an Italian doctor's summary of hyperhidrosis, complete with conventional and nonconventional treatment.
Ichthyosis and related disorders
Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types
National Incontinentia Pigmenti Foundation
World Health Organization's site about leprosy
International Forum for the Study of Itch is an international forum for the study of and living with itch.
Lupus Foundation of America web page includes discussion groups, tests, and treatment options.
Hamline University Lupus Organization includes archives of two lupus mailing lists (for patients). It also has an ask-the-expert area for dermatologists and patients.
A melanoma instruction course from the Virtual Lecture Hall offers continuing medical education (CME) credit for primary care physicians.
OncoLink's pages about melanoma include an atlas, many articles, and links about melanoma for patients and health professionals.
Melanoma Research Project is an informative site based in Germany.
Melanoma Patients' Information Page contains lots of helpful information including a prognostic calculator.
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute lists its clinical trials for melanoma.
The Yale Cancer Center also lists clinical trials for melanoma.
The Cancer Control Journal has an informative issue on melanoma (Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute).
Sydney Melanoma Unit, Melanoma Foundation & MASCRI (Melanoma Skin Cancer Research Institute)
Dr. Huntley's melanoma course for medical students at the University of California at Davis includes many high-quality images. The linked site You Can Be An Expert At Diagnosing Melanoma presents the important features to allow anyone to learn when to suspect a melanoma.
National Cancer Institute's CancerNet Physician Data Query (PDQ) melanoma information service
The Melanoma Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for melanoma.
Canadian Melanoma Foundation
The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center Melanoma & Cutaneous Oncology Clinic
Clinical Breakthroughs in Melanoma is a paper presented to the Society of Surgical Oncology in 1996.
The M.D. Anderson OncoLog (University of Texas) site includes a description of sentinel lymph node mapping.
Melanoma in pregnancy, a case report and debate of treatment published in the British Medical Journal
Mycosis fungoides (cutaneous T-cell lymphoma)
Mycosis Fungoides Foundation
The (US) National Neurofibromatosis Foundation Inc. includes links to international organizations.
Atlas of Medical Parasitology from the University of Torino, Italy
Headlice.org is the web site for the National Pediculosis Association.
Headlice information from the Laboratory of Public Health Entomology at Harvard
Parasites and parasitologic resources from Ohio State University
The Cutaneous Parasite Home Page
Veterinary Parasitology from Oklahoma State University
Pemphigus and pemphigoid
International Pemphigus Foundation
Pityriasis rubra pilaris
PRP Support Group
National Association for Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum
American Porphyria Foundation offers dietary guidelines, pictures, and FAQs (frequently asked questions) for a donation.
National Psoriasis Foundation has comprehensive information about psoriasis for physicians and patients.
The Skin Page provides searches within newsgroups and other databases, with a focus on psoriasis support and self-help.
National Organization for Rare Disorders
National Rosacea Society
Sarcoidosis Online Sites includes a patient newsletter and links to more relevant sarcoidosis Internet sites.
Scleroderma Foundation provides FAQs and support group information.
Surviving Scleroderma web site provides information and support.
The Scleroderma Center at Boston University School of Medicine describes some of their research.
Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation
The Skin Cancer Foundation
The Sturge-Weber Foundation
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
National Vitiligo Foundation
Xeroderma Pigmentosa Society