(Be sure to check out the List of Medical Wikis)
OVER!MY!MED!BODY! is one of the physician blogs I regularly read, and I was pleased to see today that Graham’s position on wikis for medical information is much like my own, as revealed in his take on AskDrWiki:
…I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever use it for anything remotely related to patient care. I don’t care if it ends up having the top 10 results for my query on Google.
…I will never use a source that is immediately edittable by anyone at any time. I screwed with Ask Dr. Wiki’s Aortic Stenosis page, and it still lists one of my causes: Tricuspid Aortic Valve (it should be Bicuspid Aortic Valve). I don’t care if 99.9% of the time Dr. Wiki is correct. If the time that I’m using it is when it’s inaccurate, that’s a big problem.
…See also: Ganfyd, which requires proof of being a physician in Canada, the UK, New Zealand, or Australia. (But if you really wanted to mess with it, it wouldn’t be that hard.)