The New England Journal of Medicine is turning 200 this year and in celebration, they have decked out their website with an array of wonderful digital experiences. MedCure exists to support the advancements in medical research and education, which has contributed to the medical discoveries you will find on NEJM.
Before we talk about the interactive tools on NEJM’s website, let us first talk about their history. I cannot say it better myself, so this is directly from one of the first journal articles of this year:
“Two hundred winters ago, in January 1812, the New England Journal of Medicine and Surgery was born. In the centuries since then, the Journal has chronicled the evolution of medicine and bioscience… although health care delivery today is vastly different from that of prior eras, the core precept of medicine — one person helping another — remains unchanged.”
The NEJM is owned and published by the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Interactive History of Medical Discoveries
NEJM has added an interactive search tool that takes you through the history of medical science and discoveries. This floating timeline begins on January 17th 1812, when NEJM’s first publication was published. It allows the user to click on a year or specific event to find out more about the history behind it. This search tool also allows you to select from different areas of medicine (General Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, OBGYN, Neurology/Psychiatry, Public Health, Biology/Science) and is embellished with images, pop-ups and additional resources for research.
Getting Better: 200 Years of Medicine – A Documentary that Explores the History of Medical Research and Discovery
To honor this amazing milestone NEJM has released the documentary film “Getting Better: 200 Years of Medicine”. This 45 minute film traces the history of medicine and the incredible advances that NEJM has reported in their 200 years of publishing. “We’ve made so many advances in the field of medicine over the last 200 years, and people’s lives have greatly improved as a result,” says Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. “As a journal, the New England Journal of Medicine has played a role as an observer and an informer, and this film is a reflection of what we’ve seen. As patients, we have all benefited.” The film is broken into segments allowing for a topical exploration of the history of medicine and how this vital history relates to medicine today.
NEJM Anniversary Article Collection
Similar to the segments of the documentary, NEJM has put together a collection of articles from respected authors. Each published article tells the tale of a specific condition, disease or discovery in the 200 years of medicine that NEJM originally covered in their publication. The articles are current and explore the history of medicine, while looking at it through today’s perspective. This is a fascinating way to compare and contrast the field of medicine and brings excitement for what is in store for the future.
Read and follow these articles on the NEJM website: http://nejm200.nejm.org/explore/special-anniversary-articles/
A Picture to Tell the Story: Medicine through the Eyes of the Physician
Another interactive element on the NEJM is the Classic Images collection. This is a photo documentation of medical conditions – these images are not for the squeamish! This collection plays an important role in modern medicine by helping physicians share what they have seen and pass this crucial information onto others. Each image is linked to a pop-up (giving a description of what you are seeing) and will also take you to an information webpage about the condition or disease.
To view visit http://nejm200.nejm.org/explore/classic-clinical-images/
The New England Journal of Medicine has kept the tradition of providing current documentation of what is happening in the world of medical science and embraced the past 200 years, honoring the “generations of researchers, authors, reviewers, and editors, upon whose shoulders we stand”. NEJM has also kept up with the times, providing today’s audience with a menu of ways to connect or experience the history of medicine, while tuning into what is to come in the future of medical research and discovery.
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