I recently launched a new open-access website to capture one of my abiding interests: tropical medicine and certain related disciplines, including ethnomedicine, ethnobotany, and ethnopharmacology.
The site is EthnomedicineWatch.com, and it delivers continually updated information on current peer-reviewed research about medicinal plants, indexed by species and sponsoring organization.
EthnomedicineWatch is one of two websites that I maintain to provide information relevant to health care. The other site, OncologyWatch.com, provides continually updated information on peer-reviewed journal articles and current clinical trials in cancer treatment, indexed by cancer type.
My epistemological method for these websites derives from “As We May Think,” a 1945 Atlantic Monthly essay by Vannevar Bush, FDR’s science adviser during and after World War II. Bush’s vision of a personal knowledge base (memex) led to the development of the hyperlink and the World Wide Web.
PubMed (an archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature) and ClinicalTrials.gov (a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world) are essential to EthnomedicineWatch and OncologyWatch. Virtually every update to my two sites originates with either PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov, both of which are maintained by the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine—surely two of the most useful and most efficient instances of US taxes at work.
To make full use of EthnomedicineWatch and OncologyWatch, you may also want to follow my blog posts and Twitter feed as I work to integrate these information streams into a unified, open-access “knowledge machine” to support the work of environmental stewards and promoters of human health and creativity. (On that, more to come.)
The information on my blog is not intended as a substitute for medical professional help or advice but is to be used only as an aid in understanding current medical knowledge. A physician should always be consulted for any health problem or medical condition.