NEJM iPhone Medical Apps

New NEJM iPhone Medical Apps still free!

The New England Journal of Medicine  is one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, and one to which I subscribed and even at times read while in medical school in Boston.  I even continued to subscribe during residency and for a few years in practice until the stack of unread weekly journals became overwhelming and I gave up the ideal of reading this weekly.  The subscription costs of $150/ year (physician discount online order for $79./year) and the impracticality as a family physician of reading several hours of this journal that has primarily sub-specialty focused materials wore me down.  Even back in med school a mentor had told me that the biggest benefit of reading the NEJM came from reading the cover where the titles of each of the articles was printed in bold type.

Now with advances in technology, and an odd pricing strategy of the people at the NEJM anyone with an iPhone can have access to the equivalent of the front page of the NEJM as a free app, and also have full text articles available on their iPhone free at least at this time.  The ads at the bottom of the screen are not terribly annoying, and I have to say I read more of the NEJM now on my phone that I usually read when the journal was delivered in the mail.

Examples of this week’s article headlines include three interesting editorials called “Perspective”:

The Palliative Care Information Act in Real Life, by A. B. Astrow and B. Popp

Hard Choices – Alternatives for Reining in Medicare and Medicaid Spending by  M. B. Roenthal

Reforming Medicare – Toward a Modified Ryan Plan  by G. R. WIlensky   (a pretty even handed discussion of the Obama Administration and the Ryan Proposal plans)

In addition to a discussion of E & M payments:

Revisiting E&M Visit Guidelines—A Missing Piece of Payment Reform by R. A Berrenson, P.  Basch and A. Sussex.

These plus the quick look at several articles I chose not to read but gave me an idea of what is new in genomic and HIV treatments

All this for free on my iPhone is lots better than tripping over a stack of unread white journals that once made me feel guilty for not reading, and now make me feel smart for getting as a free app.


One Response to NEJM iPhone Medical Apps

  1. Great find. I dislike paying for things I don’t use. I’m not a doctor but anytime I can get tips and news that could be helpful for my health, why not? Thanks for the tip.

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