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Library 2.0: New edition of Braunwald’s The Heart on MD Consult

MD-Consult has announced that an extensively revised new edition of the classic medical text, Libby: Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine (8th edition – W.B. Saunders, 2007) is now available on the MD-Consult platform for subscribers.

Following are several excerpts from the Preface of the online 8th edition which outline some of these changes:

This edition of Libby: Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine serves as the hub of a learning system designed to help physicians and students at all levels, from trainees to highly specialized practitioners, confront the challenge of staying abreast of this rapidly evolving field. We intend Heart Disease to constitute the “core curriculum,” an up-to-date, comprehensive, and authoritative ready reference for all practitioners“… “We strove to make the 8th edition an information source of practical clinical utility, grounded in the rapidly expanding evidence base that informs our practice. As in previous editions of Heart Disease, we present the scientific underpinnings that govern cardiovascular pathophysiology and provide a rational basis for understanding therapeutics and management of cardiovascular diseases encountered in clinical practice“… “Since the preparation of the last edition of Heart Disease, much has changed, a reflection of the rapid pace of progress in our specialty. We have thoroughly revised this new edition to reflect these multiple changes. Thirty of eighty-nine chapters are entirely new. Thus, more than one third of the 8th edition represents completely new material. There are 43 new authors, comparing the 8th to the 7th edition of Heart Disease. All of the chapters carried over from the 7th edition have undergone extensive revision to update them and heighten their utility”.

Text – Courtesy of W.B. Saunders – Copyright 2007 – All rights reserved

4 responses to “Library 2.0: New edition of Braunwald’s The Heart on MD Consult

  1. David December 6, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    I think I must be missing something. Help me understand what about this is “medicine 2.0” or “library 2.0”?

    I love this blog, by the way. 🙂

  2. creaky15 December 7, 2007 at 12:44 AM

    Hi David,
    Thanks for your comment. I would like to refer to a graphic from Purdue University, which presents a credible illustration of how online information has and is affecting the “distribution” of medical information, 24×7:


    Also I’d note that while reading the online Preface to Braunwald’s The Heart-8th edition, I was struck by the fact that the current editors do understand that, because their intent (as they wrote) was to create an all-encompassing reference on cardiovascular medicine ranging for the needs of medical students through practicing, experienced physicians, they needed to add 30 new chapters and sign up 43 new authors. They “get” that there are many online sources of information, clinicians have many choices as to where to look (ie Medicine 2.0). Because this new edition is available both in print (someone purchases it, the library has it on the shelf for use) and online, this (well I did anyway) can be interpreted as being both Medicine 2.0 (about: digital information, accessed 24×7) and Library 2.0 (about librarians caring about, and spending money for, digital access to clinical information 24×7).

    Our online subscription to Harrisons Principals of Internal Medicine (16th edition) is updated daily… the next (paper) edition of Harrisons won’t come out in print until March 2008. Does that add up to Digital Medical Knowledge, Librarians who administer it = Web 2.0? (sort of)

  3. David December 7, 2007 at 3:20 AM

    But digital access to digital information, 24/7 availability…these aren’t new developments in Web technologies, are they?

    Competition among information offerings in a marketplace isn’t new, is it?

    Multiple authors collaborating on a a book (whether available on paper, on the Web, or both) isn’t new either.

    What makes these “Web 2.0″ rather than …”Web”?

  4. creaky15 December 7, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    I see your point. I did announce it on a blog 😉 and will take off the Medicine 2.0 heading on this post. One of my points about “anything 2.0” is that we (20-something graduate students, some librarians, some physicians, some administrators) are the early adopters… one of our charges in the library is to work with the so-called later adopters (or non-adopters!) to convince them of the validity, useability and educational value or application of various Web tools and information sources.

    Many clinicians are so busy treating patients and on the go that they have not yet explored the whole social networking world – Sermo? WiserWiki? Medical learning in Second Life? Linked-In? DNA analysis for future diagnostic use? Or do we count the electronic patient order entry system or electronic patient records as Web or Medicine 2.0? Many physicians and students find clinical data on their PDAs, have blackberries, pagers, 24x7wireless and love online journals searched at midnight from home? Do these count that as Web or Web 2.0? So I guess those are some of the overlapping areas we co-exist with! Thanks for your comments.

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