I do not subscribe to a single printed medical journal and yet I am confident that I am able to keep up with new medical information. On a daily basis I receive updates from Pro-MED-mail a program for reporting outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases from the International Society for Infectious Diseases. http://www.isid.org/.
Yesterday Pro-MED reported that there is an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza in turkeys in England. Information is reported as soon as it is obtained. No waiting for peer reviewers to determine the value of the information. I also receive frequent email alerts form the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/ .
Today CIDRAP summarized an article from Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID), a journal I do not subscribe to, and said “Adults who are hospitalized with serious seasonal influenza infections are more likely to survive if they receive antiviral medications, and older patients may benefit even if treatment is delayed until more than 48 hours after their first symptoms, according to a new study by Canadian researchers.” I also receive weekly CDC Clinical Communication Updates information on seasonal influenza, avian influenza, food safety, and foreign outbreak information for travelers . This weekly information is supplied by CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA). http://www.bt.cdc.gov/coca/
I receive weekly by email the new table of contents for the current New England Journal of Medicine which often has free full text articles as well as abstracts of all the articles. http://content.nejm.org/ And if that isn’t enough , on a monthy basis I receive an on line copy of the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases
So I am saving trees and receiving current medical information with a few clicks of my computer on a daily basis. What a change from the monthly trip to the medical library to review the current print journals.