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Elsevier's "WiserWiki" Allows Physicians to Update Evidence-Based Medical Information With Experience-Based Practice Insights
Date:1/29/2008

NEW YORK, January 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

- Elsevier's Beta Medical Wiki Invites Board-Certified Physicians to Comment, Collaborate and Update Established Medical Textbook Online.

Elsevier, the world's leading publisher of science and health information, announced today the beta launch of WiserWiki (http://www.WiserWiki.com), a wiki that allows board-certified physicians to collaboratively contribute and update medical information online. The site, which is open to and viewable by the public, is seeded with content from The Textbook of Primary Care Medicine (3rd Edition, 2001) by John Noble, M.D. The textbook was published by Mosby, an Elsevier imprint, and was one of Elsevier's best-selling medical textbooks.

"WiserWiki is another example of Elsevier's commitment to develop innovative tools for medical professionals," said Scott Virkler, Vice President, Business Development at Elsevier. "With WiserWiki we're providing a trusted forum for physicians to collaborate and contribute professional-level medical content that's viewable by members of the public."

No longer in print, the textbook seeding WiserWiki contains in-depth information on a full-range of medical problems, conditions and diseases encountered in the practices of family physicians, general internists, medical and surgical subspecialists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

WiserWiki hopes to maintain a high level of relevancy and trustworthiness by ensuring that editorial privileges remain restricted to medical professionals.

"As the use of online communities and the Internet has increased the possibilities for and benefits of sharing medical information and best practices with other patients and physicians have grown enormously," noted Dr. Noble. "WiserWiki provides exposure for physicians who wish to publish relevant, up-to-date and insightful medical content based on personal experien
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