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Books, Journals, New Media
April 6, 2005

Infectious Disease

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(13):1671-1676. doi:10.1001/jama.293.13.1674-b

GIDEON: The Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network is a superbly designed expert system created to help physicians diagnose any infectious disease (337 recognized) in any country of the world (224 included). The program was created and has been progressively refined over more than a decade by a talented group of Americans, Canadians, and Israelis. GIDEON is now available in Internet and CD-ROM versions, under an individual or institutional license, each including updates. This diagnostic system is remarkable for its ease of use, breadth of scope, and depth of information. It is as practical a program as one could hope for.