SITE VISIT: Internet on the Brain

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Science  13 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5430, pp. 979
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5430.979c

Curious about how Escheresque visual illusions work, or want to get a rundown on experimental treatments for Alzheimer's disease? If so, consider paying a visit to what may be the most comprehensive guide to neuroscience holdings on the Web. Uncluttered with complex images or java applets out of respect for those encumbered by slow browsers, Neurosciences on the Internet provides a host of links to professional journals, psychiatry and neurology news services, image galleries, and a list of medical centers that can help you find top neurologists around the world.

Webmaster and neurologist Neil A. Busis of the University of Pittsburgh says he started compiling neuro sites in 1994, before the advent of the search engine. Emerging medical and research sites were hard to find, he says, adding, “I wanted to do something to help people.” Sites related to human disease get the most traffic, which to Busis suggests that many patients are tapping into the site for background info on their own conditions. And for the pros' edification, the site links to a continuing medical education course, created by Busis, that teaches neurologists how to hone their craft with the help of the Internet.

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