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WikiProject Medicine

Welcome to WikiProject Medicine! We discuss, collaborate, and debate anything and everything relating to medicine and health on Wikipedia on our discussion page.
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An introductory video about how to edit Wikipedia and medicine.
  • Wikipedia is an encyclopedia and has a distinct style that may take some time getting used to.
  • It is important that we use the best sources and that we give them due weight. Setting us apart from scientific papers we prefer secondary sources over primary sources. We'd rather cite a review article than an original trial.
  • To get you started and to explain why this is important we have a number of guides and guidelines:
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Our guides complement Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines and take great care to explain why they are relevant.
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Wikipedia can be a great resource for getting to know a field — and it can give you an encyclopaedic overview of a subject, acting as a spring-board letting you dive deeper. It should however not be used as your only source when performing research, and you should never blindly trust Wikipedia. Over the years quite a literature has been amassed surround the reliability and biases of Wikipedia. To see some of the studies that have been produced on the quality and scope of medical information on Wikipedia take a look at some of the research:

On Wikipedia and Medicine



  • Influence of wikipedia and other web resources on acute and critical care decisions. a web-based survey.
    Rössler et al. Intensive Care Med Expdoi:10.1186/2197-425X-3-S1-A867
By Wikipedians


  • Medical journals and Wikipedia: a global health matter.
    Masukume G, Kipersztok L, Das D, Shafee TM, Laurent MR, Heilman JM. Lancet Global Healthdoi:10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30254-6
  • Why Medical Schools Should Embrace Wikipedia: Final-Year Medical Student Contributions to Wikipedia Articles for Academic Credit at One School.
    Azzam A, Bresler D, Leon A, Maggio L, Whitaker E, Heilman J, Orlowitz J, Swisher V, Rasberry L, Otoide K, Trotter F, Ross W, McCue JD. Academic Medicinedoi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000001381


  • Wikipedia and medicine: quantifying readership, editors, and the significance of natural language.
    Heilman JM, West AG J Med Internet Resdoi:10.2196/jmir.4069
  • Open Access to a High-Quality, Impartial, Point-of-Care Medical Summary Would Save Lives: Why Does It Not Exist?
    Heilman J PLoS Meddoi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001868
  • Dengue fever: a Wikipedia clinical review.
    Heilman JM, De Wolff J, Beards GM, Basden BJ. Open Medicine PMC 4242787


  • Cochrane and Wikipedia: the collaborative potential for a quantum leap in the dissemination and uptake of trusted evidence.
    Mathew M, Joseph A, Heilman J, Tharyan P. Cochrane Database of Systematic reviews doi:10.1002/14651858.ED000069
  • Online encyclopedia provides free health info for all. Interview by Fiona Fleck.
    Heilman J. Bulletin of the World Health Organization doi:10.2471/BLT.13.030113


  • Wikipedia: a key tool for global public health promotion.
    Heilman JM, Kemmann E, Bonert M, Chatterjee A, Ragar B, Beards GM, Iberri DJ, Harvey M, Thomas B, Stomp W, Martone MF, Lodge DJ, Vondracek A, de Wolff JF, Liber C, Grover SC, Vickers TJ, Meskó B, Laurent MR. Journal of Medical Internet Research doi:10.2196/jmir.1589
This list is incomplete. We try to keep the list free of bias, but encourage you not to take our word for it — so here are some suggested searches:
All top-importance articles at B-class or above82.2% complete
80 up-to-date featured articles81.3% complete
300 good articles69.3% complete
WikiProject Medicine assessment statistics worklistlogcategory
96 edits Acute intermittent porphyria
76 edits Atransferrinemia
61 edits Medicinal plants
59 edits Air embolism
47 edits VX (nerve agent)
41 edits Somatic hypermutation
32 edits Rebecca Lee Crumpler
30 edits HeLa
29 edits Cannabidiol
29 edits Flint water crisis

These are the articles that have been edited the most within the last seven days. Last updated 24 February 2017 by HotArticlesBot.

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A copy of the old page is available at Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/Old 2016.
An even older copy showcasing earlier efforts can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/Old 2012