Medical wikipedia - Peter Frishauf responds
Medscape visionary, Peter Frishauf, took the time to respond to my earlier post and our discussion on the virtues of a medical wikipedia:
Thanks for all the kind words. I want to emphasize that in my editorial I said some variant of Wikipedia for medicine would be welcome. Larry Sanger, PhD, a Wikipedia co-founder, is working on just such a venture, to be run by the Digital Universe Foundation.
I want to emphasize that one huge advantage of the Wiki format is that you can read one article enhanced by the wisdom of many, as opposed to having to wade through multiple articles containing the wisdom of a few authors and the people they chose to site. There is no reason we can't marry scientifically-rigourous peer review to the wiki!
Finally, peer review is just one form of a reputation system, and there are many that could be used to assure good science. I will post more about this in the future."
Stay tuned for more discussion from Peter. It's a pleasure to have this dialogue here.