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The internet
  1. R Al-Shahi1,
  2. M Sadler2,
  3. G Rees3,
  4. D Bateman4
  1. 1Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road, Edinburgh EH4 2XU, UK
  2. 2Department of Neurology, Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth PL6 8DH, UK
  3. 3Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG, UK
  4. 4Department of Neurology, Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr R Al-Shahi Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road, Edinburgh EH4 2XU, UK;


The growing use of email and the world wide web (WWW), by the public, academics, and clinicians—as well as the increasing availability of high quality information on the WWW—make a working knowledge of the internet important. Although this article aims to enhance readers' existing use of the internet and medical resources on the WWW, it is also intelligible to someone unfamiliar with the internet. A web browser is one of the central pieces of software in modern computing: it is a window on the WWW, file transfer protocol sites, networked newsgroups, and your own computer's files. Effective use of the internet for professional purposes requires an understanding of the best strategies to search the WWW and the mechanisms for ensuring secure data transfer, as well as a compendium of online resources including journals, textbooks, medical portals, and sites providing high quality patient information. This article summarises these resources, available to incorporate into your web browser as downloadable “Favorites” or “Bookmarks” from, where there are also freely accessible hypertext links to the recommended sites.

  • internet
  • computer communication networks

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  • JNNP: Guide to the Internet

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    R Al-Shahi, M Sadler, G Rees and D Bateman

    Downloadable Bookmark File
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  • Competing interests: none declared.

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