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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2000  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 149-151
 

Internet for the urologist: Made easy


Department of Genito-Urinary Surgery, Osmania General Hospital, Hyderabad, India

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Mallikarjuna N Reddy
Department of Genito-Urinary Surgery, Osmania General Hospital, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
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   Abstract 

The use of Internet in the field of urology is of immense value. The fact is well known that it is a Herculean task to search the Internet, for any information for the beginner The very fact that multiple websites exist, for each disease makes it more complicated to search for specific informa­tion. This article hopes to simplify the search modalities for the urologist and appraise him of the website and links, which will be useful, for the urologist who is logged on the Internet.
Application of computers has been one of the most im­portant advances in the field of urology. The availability of Internet has been a revolution in the field of medicine in facilitating the review of large medical records easily. I would not dwell on the various advantages of Internet but focus on the practical usage of the net. I hope that this would he useful for the urologist to save time and energy.


Keywords: Internet; Urology.


How to cite this article:
Reddy MN. Internet for the urologist: Made easy. Indian J Urol 2000;16:149-51

How to cite this URL:
Reddy MN. Internet for the urologist: Made easy. Indian J Urol [serial online] 2000 [cited 2019 Aug 20];16:149-51. Available from: http://www.indianjurol.com/text.asp?2000/16/2/149/22215



   Introduction Top


The computer system configuration is the most impor­tant. If the configuration is right the use of the net would be optimum. There is a rapid development in the avail­able configurations and also the software programs. The best would be outdated tomorrow. It is probably wise to seek the configuration, which is the latest on date. The optimum configuration would be hard disk drive (HDD) of 43 Gb, 32MB RAM (random access memory), 24x or more CD ROM (read only memory), 2MB or more VGA card, Multimedia kit, 33.6 kbps or 52 or 56 kbps (prefer­ably) external modem, Flat bed scanner. Ink jet printer or any better one. Speaker, Speaker phone and lastly a Video camera if you can afford. The basic software required are Windows 3.1 or any other upgraded versions, DOS (disk operating system), MS Office 97. Internet explorer (IE) 4.0 or Netscape navigator would optimize the system.


   Web Site Top


This is the basic address or the code by which one can work on the net. This is represented by small letters only. The first letters of the website are http which stand for hypertext transfer protocol, www, world wide web, and next the name of the site which signifies the particular subject of interest. So a typical website would be written as http://www.x.com without any spaces in between the address. The last word of the syntax, i.e., com signifies that this particular site is commercial and if it is .edu it signifies education, etc. Whenever we log on Internet it is imperative that the address such as http://www.x.com should be typed in full. But in practice one need not type http:// and in some cases www. This will help simplify typing the address, as the computer will recognize the rest of the address.


   Search Engines Top


What is a search engine? This is the website through which the sites of interest can be searched. There are many search engines available on the net like yahoo.com, infoseek.com. altavista.com, etc. Of all these search en­gines zinternet.com searches all the search engines avail­able on the net for the information requested. I have found this site to be of extreme help in searching for data or links for my subject of interest.


   Medical Search Engines Top


These are the specific sites which would enable one to access information of interest in any medical speciality with particular reference to urology.

(1) Mednets

Mednets find the largest collection of direct links to on­line medical search engines and databases. Find the Web's free and extensive medical archives, libraries, research databases, catalogues, and statistics. www.mednets.com

(2) World Wide4U, LLC-Professional Service Search Engines

Reliable

www.doctorsforyou.com

(3) Search Engines

SEARCH ENGINE COLOSSUS Directory of Search Engines. Gain quick, efficient access to hundreds of search engines and searchable directories from around the world

www.searchenginecolossus.com

(4) Medical Search Engines

Link Exchange Member Medical Search Engines Medi­cal World Search Search Major Sites Infoseek HotBot Altavista Webcrawler Healthgate MEDILINE for Health On the Net Foundation Medical Document Finder

World-Wide Medical Search And or Adj Free

Enter...

http://www.glenlib.demon.co.uk/

(5) Medical Search Engines

Medical Search Engines Health AtoZ Produced by Medical Network, Inc. MedHunt Produced by the Health on the Net Foundation Medical World Search Produced by Medical World Search MedSite Produced by MedSite Publishing MedFinder Produced by Triple Star...

http://bagel.aecom.yu.edu/

(6) Medical Search Engines

Selected Medical Search Engines MedExplorer

http://www.medexplorer.com.medexplr.htm. This medi­cal search engine offers searches on a broad range of health topics and a browsable medical web directory. MedFinder http://www.netmedicine.com/medfinder.

http://www.mont.lib.md.us/

(7) Best of the Web Presents The Top Single Source For Current On-Line Medical Readiness

The Best Medical Search MIRSKnet USA Top Medi­cal Resources (HOME)

(COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS) Top Medical Search Engines Health AtoZ

CyberPsychSearch Search MedLine Free Via (Grateful Med) (PubMed)

(HealthGate MedLine+) [AMA Search] - [MedExplo­rer] - [HealthGuide] - ...

http://botw.threadnet.com/

(8) Medical Search Engines

SEARCH ENGINE COLOSSUS: Directory of Search Engines - Gain quick, efficient access to medical search engines!

http://www.searchenginecolossus.com/

(9) Medinex-The Intelligent Health Index

Comprehensive searchable databases of diseases, con­ditions, resources, treatments, and discussion boards and support groups.



(10) Urology Journals on the WWW

Science.komm's directory of links to gastroenterology

journals and other journals in over 50 medical subject ar­

eas.

http://www.sciencekomm.at/ Health.Web.Directories in zinternet.com

(11) Medical World Search

Search engine that understands medical terms

*Info-Prn - search engine and index of medical research health resources and other medical information.

*MedExplorer - medical/health related search engine.

*MEDguide - site devoted to health care providing an intuitive, context-based search engine for thousands of topics from general medical info to more specific catego­ries.

*MED Engine - medical sites plus dozens of the best medical search engines.

*MedLinks - links to medical resources on the web, search engines for related topics, research journals, and general health sites.

(12) Uroguide-com Urology Search Engine and

Urology Custom Medline Searching

Impotence kidney stones bladder infection urinary tract infection uti painful urination blood in urine bloody urine incontinence losing urine sexually transmitted diseases venereal diseases std's stds kidney cancer

www.uroguide.com

(13) Medscape.com

This site has comprehensive full text articles and also has links to all associated medical specialities. It also gives information about conferences and relays them live along with other medical related information.

medscape.com

http://www.medexplorer.com

(14) European Society for Pediatric Urology Web Site urologychannel

Medscape Urology Home Page World Wide Web

Tower Urology Institute for Continence

The Complete Urology, Andrology & Male Infertility InfoBase

Urology International

SOYSAL's Urology Page

URONEWS - Brazilian website in Urology

(15) WHO/EMRO Publications, Reports & Documents

WHO/EMRO PUBLICATIONS, REPORTS & DOCU­MENTS Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal Regional Publications New Emro Publications Technical Publica­tions Series Health Education through Religion AIDSNews Regional Committee Resolutions WHO Library Digest...

http://www.who.sci.eg/

(16) Medline Plus

This is a comprehensive search site for medical search

and related searches for a particular disease. www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov/ click on pub med www.share.waverly.com the site providing abstracts

of journal of urology

(17) Other sites of interest are UROWEB and

URONET, which are navigated through yahoo.com.

Uroreviews.com is a good site providing urological lite­rature reviews in urology.

Nci.nih.gov is the site for national cancer institute. Niaddk.nih.gov is the site providing information about diabetes and kidney diseases.


   Free Full Text Online Journals Top


World journal of urology

European urology

Digital journal of urology

E-Mail

This is an effective, efficient and economical way to transmit messages across the world. One should create an E-mail account for oneself. It is always advantageous to have two E-mail addresses so that there is no problem even if one of the sites have problem in opening. The best E-mail sites available are:

hotmail.com, usa.net, mailcity.com and goplay.com.


   Tips To Save Time on Internet Top


While navigating through the net it is advisable to open two windows on your monitor. This saves time as one win­dow can be viewed and the other can be used to search for required information. Thus it saves the time spent on the net and also allows us to use our time economically.


   Retrieving Information Top


If you have logged off the net or disconnected due to some problem one need not log on to retrieve the infor­mation already accessed. This is possible as all the infor­mation accessed will be stored in the temporary Internet files in the computer. This can be accessed by viewing the properties of IE and clicking on the view files bar that appears on the window.


   Conclusion Top


I have tried to give a comprehensive review of how to access information for an urologist who is on the net and also provide him with the best web sites available. This article can be updated and the person on the net may find something more exciting which is not in this article.




 

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