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Medicine 2.0 in action (blog carnival)

Beautiful flowers-DavidWel­come to the August 19, 2007 edi­tion of med­i­cine 2.0.

Med­i­cine 2.0? Yes, some pio­neers are already mak­ing good use of Web 2.0 tools to improve Med­i­cine in a new, col­lab­o­ra­tive way. This blog car­ni­val seems to me to be, in itself, liv­ing proof.

Let’s see.

You may won­der, what exactly is “Med­i­cine 2.0″? well, Con­struc­tive Med­i­cine takes a stab at it, show­ing how it may be much older than we thought.

You want an exam­ple? see a blog­ger (Berta­lan) chron­i­cle an amaz­ing med­ical sim­u­la­tion in Sec­ond Life.

Some blog­gers pro­vide great overview posts:

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Read­ing Med­ical Blogs (Vitum Med­i­ci­nus) pro­vides a fan­tas­tic resource cov­er­ing every­thing you need to know about med­ical blogs and blogs in gen­eral, includ­ing why to sub­scribe to RSS feeds (for How, keep reading).
  • Nurs­ing and Web 2.0 (Uni­ver­sal Health) is a thought­ful post on the gap between nurs­ing research and prac­tice and how blog­ging and 2.0 can help.
  • Essay on the effect of Web 2.0 on the future of med­ical prac­tice and edu­ca­tion (Med­ical Jour­nal of Aus­tralia), that pro­vides a great overview of med­i­cine 2.0, defin­ing and list­ing blogs, wikis, pod­casts and more.
  • Social sci­ence as infec­tious dis­ease (Min­ing Drug Space) is an essay on how blogs are con­tribut­ing to knowl­edge cre­ation and exchange, and includes the writer’s reflec­tions on blogging.

…while oth­ers are already address­ing some of the impor­tant points raised:

…and oth­ers keep us updated on lat­est devel­op­ments in the field

Now, there would be no Med­i­cine 2.0 with­out the Shar­ing Cul­ture that Web 2.0 and Med­i­cine describes. And there would be no Med­i­cine at all with­out all the peo­ple mak­ing it possible-so, let’s pay atten­tion to the infor­ma­tion and advice offered in these posts.

There are many more areas to cover and con­tribute in…so we always wel­come new blogs:

That’s all for this edi­tion. Sub­mit your blog arti­cle to the next edi­tion of med­i­cine 2.0 using this car­ni­val sub­mis­sion form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog car­ni­val index page.

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