Sep 03

LazyLibrary

LazyLibrary [won’t link to it- see comment from Isabelle below] searches books at Amazon.com, but restricts results only to books of 200 pages or less.

Ever read a book that was a few hundred pages longer than it needed to be? Yeah, so have we. Fortunately, there are authors out there that would rather have a concise and effective book than a lengthy and diluted tome, and that’s where we come in.

Welcome to the lazylibrary, where you can find books on any topic without having to worry about high page counts. If it’s over 200 pages, you won’t even see it. Read all about anything, in less time, for (usually) less money. Search away.

Gee, why not go all-out on the “lazy” theme and add another function so you can restrict the search just to books below a particular shipping weight? Sheesh. Seems like a pretty useless tool except to a handful of very lazy people looking for short works of non-fiction.

[Via Mashable]

Sep 02

Medicine 2.0 Medical Web Geekery Blog Carnival

Howdy!

I’ve never hosted a blog carnival before, so bear with me while I find out if it is something I can do justice to. For those of you who are new to this blog, I’m David Rothman- I run a small hospital library in Syracuse, NY and this blog is my online home for notes on medical information and Web geekery.

I’m not all that fond of the “2.0” suffix and I believe that as time goes on, it’ll be less descriptive and more annoying- so this week’s carnival has been retitled the “Medical Web Geekery Carnival.” It can go back to being “2.0” next week when hosted at Constructive Medicine.

Berci’s ScienceRoll and My BioTech Life are only two of many blogs pointing out the recent SciFoo Lives On activities in Second Life and Berci’s presentation on Web 2.0 and Medicine.

Speaking of Berci (this carnival’s founder and sustaining force), Ves Dimov at Clinical Cases and Images points out that Berci is featured by BMJ Career Focus. Congrats, Berci!

Speaking of Dr. Dimov, he also let us know that MedCalc has come out with a version for Windows Mobile.

Allison Guimard gets mad about this article from the AMA News about a study on doctors and email suggesting “that those who used e-mail had a significant drop of patient visits.”

HealthBolt has concerns about Google Health, PHRs and privacy- these issues are explored in more detail by Rachel at Women’s Health News.

(The aptly-named) John Sharp at eHealth points out a nifty resource from the American College of Pathologists that “explains in lay language the meaning of cancer biopsy reports by cancer type”.

Corpus Callosum has an interesting post on “virtual epidemiology” in World of Warcraft reported in Lancet Infectious Disease (also noticed by Dr. Joshua Schwimmer at KidneyNotes)

Albin Paul Xavier’s Microarray Blog has interesting notes on Microsoft life science, including a number of efforts that are news to me.

For notes on online physician rating by patients (and steps some practices are taking to prevent patients from rating their physicians), see the WSJ Health Blog, The Health Care Blog and Women’s Health News. I agree a commenter at the WSJ Health Blog: “If asked to sign such a form, I’ll be shopping for a new MD.”

Okay, that’ll be about as much as I can cover! Thanks to Berci for all the help and to you for stopping by. Be sure to hit Constructive Medicine next week when the carnival regains it’s regular name. 🙂