I have found many of the most useful resources available on the internet are free. Below is a small collection of helpful links related to various pathologies.
- The Merck Manual. Published over a century ago and now in its 18th edition the Merck Manual is the world’s best selling physician’s desk reference. The manual is searchable and is also separately indexed by symptom. The terminology is easily discernible and the group of authors make liberal use of organizational charts and helpful illustrations.
- PodMedics. I have to admit that before I began studying pathology I had little interest in podcasts. I was skeptical of the term. I considered podcasts just another buzzword of the iGeneration. UK’s Dr. Ed Wallitt changed my mind. PodMedics produces brief (15-20 min) video podcasts on topics such as clinical pathology, renal and hepatic medicine and pharmacology. Although the podcasts are designed for med students Wallit’s use of organization and candor make the material accessible to the motivated prehospital care provider. Register for free to access them online or check out their free iTunes section.
- Dr. D.A. Pybus’ (gigantic) echo page. Dr. Pybus is an Australian cardiac anesthetist and has compiled this vast repository of echo images and videos. Although this may seem unnecessary at the prehospital level refer to the site next time you are researching a cardiovascular pathology. Especially in cases of structural defects I find actual visualizations more effective than illustrations for comprehension. There are 310 still images and 622 videos.
- Critical Care Medicine tutorials. This website, maintained by UPenn’s Dr. Patrick Neligan, was originally designed for his ICU residents. The site explains shock, sepsis and multi-organ failure extremely well and I recommend a perusal whenever the topic of hypoperfusion arrises.