Friday, September 21, 2007

Using Google Book Search for Effective Point-Making

During rounds today, the residents presented a possible case of necrotizing fasciitis (the "flesh-eating bacteria"). In Atul Gawande's Complications, I'd recently read an account of this disease, so I quickly typed "necrotizing gawande complications" into Google Book Search and immediately showed them this page:


Utterly simple. Google Book Search is an underutilized resource for effectively making your point.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, why do you need Atul's book to illustrate a point available in every standard text including probably eMedicine?...

Joshua Schwimmer, MD, FACP, FASN said...

I wasn't clear. If I wanted a clinical description of the disease, I'd turn to eMedicine (or even better, UptoDate). Sometimes that's what you need to make your point, of course, but not always. And not today. Read the book, if you haven't. It's well done.