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After spending a morning sorting out an upgrade and sync to an iPhone 4.0, I'm a bit behind with blogging today.

That said, I thought I would share with you a really cool medical app I enjoy using.

IMG_0640The New England Journal of Medicine not only sends out a weekly paper copy to subscribers, but also has an online site and now an iPhone app.  

The app itself is really quite cool, nicely produced, easy to use and I very much enjoyed listening to the audio on the way home from the Apple store. It's updated every week to coincide with the paper journal.


IMG_0642Sometimes while travelling, I don't have access to the journal but the app allows you to stay up to date easily and there is the advantage of one less thing to carry.

Once signed into the app, you have a plethora of choices available, including the week's clinical practice articles, which are available as audio with the simple click of a button.

IMG_0643The Images in Clinical Medicine series is available in glorious technicolour and render very well on the iPhone 3 and 4G screens. It's a nice way to learn new things on a wide variety of topics. There is also a section of videos, typically based on a how-to approach to medicine.

IMG_0645The main section is the obviously the Original Articles. These scale surprisingly well on the small screen, text-wise. I also particularly like several neat features, such as clickable links to relevant references and clickable links to tables, charts and pictures. These fill a new page for easy reading and may be in black and white or colour as appropriate.

Overall, it's a very nicely done iPhone app and the website has recently undergone a makeover to make it more modern and reader friendly. If you're a subscriber, check it out, definitely well worth looking at if you have an iPhone as the app is both free and very easy to navigate.

3 Responses to “The NEJM iPhone app”

  1. MaverickNY

    Hi Will,
    I’m afraid I only have an iPhone and don’t know anything about Android apps, sorry.

  2. Travisgerrard

    I read the NEJM with their app, but since I’m not a doctor I
    found I had trouble with some of the complex terminology. I wrote an iphone app
    to help myself clarify the medical terminology while reading and I thought it
    might be useful to a few of you out there. It’s $0.99, but I got 25 free codes
    for anyone who is interested in trying it out. Email me at
    travisgerrard(at) and I’ll send you the promotion code.

    Scholar Reader is a reading assistant / personal dictionary.
    You paste an article in to the app and then when you read, if there is a word
    you don’t know, you double tap for the definition. This definition is then
    added to your personal dictionary which you can later reference or email to
    yourself to study offline.

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