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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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Credit for the picture goes to David Brown (no website yet…), who sent some beautiful pics.

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