From Mednav.com, Inc, Byfield, Mass (Drs Peters and Sikorski, e-mail: email@example.com).
Edited by William M. Silberg, Editorial Director, Medical News and
New Media Office, JAMA.
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject
ourselves, or we know where we can find information on
While driving to work, a physician who
specializes in treating infectious diseases hears a radio news report
about a new antiviral agent for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). He
walks into his office, logs onto the Internet, and accesses one of
several professionally oriented Web sites that provide frequent updates
on clinical developments in HIV and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
(AIDS). There he finds that the US Food and Drug Administration's
(FDA's) Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee has recommended that
abacavir sulfate be slated for accelerated approval. He obtains details
about the drug's dosing, its preliminary clinical trial results, and
its adverse interactions with other agents. He decides to review the
records of his patients who have HIV to see if some could be candidates
for this new drug, once it receives FDA approval.
Peters R, Sikorski R. The AIDS NetHIV/AIDS Resources on the World Wide Web. JAMA. 1998;280(23):2037-2038. doi:10.1001/jama.280.23.2037