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July 25, 2008 11:03 AM   Subscribe

Medpedia is coming. "In association with Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, Berkeley School of Public Health, University of Michigan Medical School and other leading global health organizations, the Medpedia community seeks to create the most comprehensive and collaborative medical resource in the world." Apply to contribute content.

"Only M.D.s, Ph.D.s in a biomedical field and people with medical credentials will be allowed to contribute to Medpedia."

"How is Medpedia different from Wikipedia?"

"Medpedia is also receiving content and cooperation from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other government research groups."
posted by cashman (24 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
I would like it better if it was called Medipedia. I don't like having to stop mid-word for two hard consonants.
posted by rmless at 11:20 AM on July 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


/me forks project, launches medipedia
posted by DU at 11:25 AM on July 25, 2008


Should be great until the earth-shattering moment people find out there as just as many crazy doctors who can't spell as crazy homemakers.

Seriously, that would be great. There's a very odd doctors-on-pedestals thing in the USA, and and near as I can tell, only in the USA. It'll be healthy for everyone to see that they can be wrong, too.
posted by rokusan at 11:31 AM on July 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


I can't wait to see the discussion pages for the "Abortion Safety" and "Acceptable Reasons for Euthanasia" articles.
posted by griphus at 11:32 AM on July 25, 2008


Two folks made the comment I wanted to make. Names are important.
posted by fixedgear at 11:35 AM on July 25, 2008


DU, this thing you made sucks.
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 11:42 AM on July 25, 2008


Don't worry, once I crowdsource it on flickr it'll be all steampunkily Open 2.0.
posted by DU at 11:46 AM on July 25, 2008


1 August 2008: Medpedia launches
1 August 2008 (after lunch): Medpedia sued
posted by WPW at 11:47 AM on July 25, 2008


Isn't this basically Citizendium but focused on med stuff? Wheel re-invented?
posted by MarshallPoe at 11:56 AM on July 25, 2008


There's a very odd doctors-on-pedestals thing in the USA, and and near as I can tell, only in the USA. It'll be healthy for everyone to see that they can be wrong, too.

"Well, doctor, it says on the Internet that you should write me a script for that medicince I saw advertised in People magazine. I checked with my insurance company and they say it's covered under my plan."
posted by three blind mice at 12:04 PM on July 25, 2008


This seems like it has the same potential, if not more so, than WebMd for fueling hypochondria.

"I must have a brain tumor! I have a headache and Medpedia says that it could be a symptom of a tumor! And they're DOCTORS!"

I can only imagine that the words "I read on WebMd..." send chills of fear into doctors everywhere.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 12:28 PM on July 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


MarshallPoe: From what I've figured out, MedPedia will require editors to be registered MDs/PhD's. Non us riff-raff mixing up RNA and DNA anymore.

I can only imagine that the words "I read on WebMd..." send chills of fear into doctors everywhere.

Hey, that once helped House solve a medical mystery. If it worked with such a l33t doctor, surely it must work otherwise.
posted by jmd82 at 12:31 PM on July 25, 2008


So, it's Ganfyd for North America?
posted by holyrood at 1:45 PM on July 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


/nominates ikkyu2

(It's time he got some recognition outside the appreciative but fairly narrow circles of AskMe!)
posted by detune at 2:16 PM on July 25, 2008


I'm not at all interested in this FPP, but I favorited it just to emphasize my admiration for the post title.
posted by escabeche at 2:37 PM on July 25, 2008


Sorry, Harvard, but Cleveland Clinic got there first with Ask Dr. Wiki. (Dig the hot Cervicofacial Advancement Flap video on today's front page!)
posted by Faze at 2:45 PM on July 25, 2008


There's a very odd doctors-on-pedestals thing in the USA...

There is? This is news to the "alternative medicine" "the only good vitamin is a megavitamin" and "VACCINES ARE KILLING MY BABEEEEEEE" crowds.
posted by DU at 4:21 PM on July 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


I'm going to add {{template:Mad Science}} to anything freaky looking.
posted by Artw at 4:39 PM on July 25, 2008


Also beaten to the punch by Elsevier's WiserWiki. Doesn't really help things if there are three contenders for the role of the definitive medical wiki, does it?
posted by greatgefilte at 5:08 PM on July 25, 2008


Hypochondriacs the world over are rejoicing.
posted by jonmc at 7:43 PM on July 25, 2008


Afd:Declawing should be interesting.
posted by Artw at 1:09 PM on July 26, 2008


People get declawed? I didn't know See also obesity, BMI.
posted by fixedgear at 3:01 PM on July 26, 2008


I tried Wikipedia, I tried Citizen-dum. I'm not signing up for this.

I hope the Medpedia does not become the world's biggest trainwreck because of ego collisions, but if it does, I am going to sit quietly and indulge in a private moment of schadenfreude.
posted by ikkyu2 at 10:38 PM on July 26, 2008


Google images had diagnosed my past four ailments. Dr. L is a patient soul who puts up with me mispronouncing my latest boo-boo.
posted by Phalene at 6:58 AM on July 28, 2008


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