Monday, May 21, 2012

"I'm so over MeSH*" or "I know you'd like to search PubMed like Google..."

"Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted in something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained."  --Marie Curie

Yea MeSH can be hard, so is going to college, having children, and a slew of other worthwhile activities.

"You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need." --Jagger/Richards 

Many good and useful things are not immediately easy, so I categorically dismiss being over MeSH.  Why?
Hate to sound like an old school librarian, but not really...Bottom line is this..
It's preposterous that someone in bioinformatics would claim to be "so over MeSH."  For advanced users, researchers, and librarians, MeSH is an absolute must.

By the way I love PICO: 
This week's best PICO question:

For a 23 year-old Asian American male, is minoxidil or propecia a more effective treatment for androgenic allopecia to reduce hair loss? 
Tell me why this is such a good PICO question and you'll get extra credit. 
Not really but in my heart you'll get extra credit.

*Word on the street.  


  1. Hey Barbara -- glad you liked my PICO question :)

    1. Hey Kapil. Thanks for looking. Good luck on the Cardio exam and keep up the good work in EBM!!