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September 30, 2009

BehindTheMedspeak: Play doctor with the New England Journal of Medicine


Long story short: three weeks ago the venerable publication launched a new series of online interactive medical cases.

According to an item in yesterday's Washington Post Health section, "Anyone can try to solve medical mysteries, based on actual cases as they progress from presentation at the hospital to eventual outcome."

The first one's here.

"Initially, access to the cases will be free to all."

The way we like it.

September 30, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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When I took the test a couple of weeks ago, I scored 50% and the average was 49%. Since I'm an accountant, either a lot of non-doctors took the quiz or we should be very concerned about the skillfulness of our medical professionals.

Posted by: David | Oct 1, 2009 12:53:47 AM

I bet Hugh Laurie and the gang at "House" long for the days when the patients of TV doctors only had a few different ailments. Old Ben Casey only ever diagnosed one thing and only ever ordered the same set of tests the whole damn time -- "Nurse, this patient has a subdural hematoma! Angiogram, skull series and a spinal tap, immediately!" Then scowl, fold hairy arms across front of old timey white short-sleeved doctor shirt that buttons up the side and the neck, and the rest of the show was filler.

Posted by: Flautist | Sep 30, 2009 2:51:27 PM

This week's episode of House may have beaten them to the punch by [fictionally] asking for diagnostic advice via a web site, since the script was undoubtedly finished some time ago. Wonder if rumors of it is where the writers got the idea, though.

Posted by: John A | Sep 30, 2009 12:51:53 PM

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