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Best of the web in pathology: a practical guide to finding specific pathology resources on the internet
  1. J Boehm
  1. Dr Joachim Boehm, Department of Pathology (Ludwig-Aschoff-Haus), University Hospital Freiburg, Postfach 214, D-79002 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany; joachim.boehm{at}


Background: Although a large number of pathology-specific websites (PSWs) are accessible on the internet, the potential use of PSWs is relatively unknown among pathologists. As a PSW-directory does not exist, it may be difficult to find certain resources that are scattered over the internet.

Aims: To critically revisit PSWs in order to create a collection of selected websites that may be useful for practising pathologists worldwide.

Methods: Using special medical databases and link collections, extensive search for PSWs was performed on the world wide web. Each website was evaluated with regard to content and practical use for pathologists.

Results: PSWs contain electronic training manuals, journals, case collections, photo-archives, link directories, or slide collections of virtual microscopy. PSWs offer lavishly illustrated education material for undergraduates and postgraduates in pathology, but may also be very useful as reference books or as an instrument of continuing medical education for experienced pathologists. The paper shows how to find PSWs, and presents an annotated list of 100 of the best PSWs.

Conclusions: PSWs as a whole form a heterogeneous patchwork of information. It is suggested that a central catalogue listing all PSWs that are available worldwide be established. This database would enable pathologists to have immediate access to all up-to-date pathology-specific resources on the internet, without the need to perform any laborious web research for themselves. It is hoped that in the future, the repertoire of on-line resources in pathology will be systematically perfected. The internet will then play a central role in the daily practice of pathologists as a medium of information and communication.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.