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Where do the facts come from?

The facts in IDdx were discovered and published by thousands of scientists with most of the work being done in the last 150 years. These facts include things like incubation periods, findings, and epidemiological factors. IDdx currently uses fourteen main sources of these facts:

  1. ABX Guide Bartlett JG, Auwaerter PG, Pham PA, Hsu AJ (eds). Johns Hopkins POC-IT ABX Guide. 2000-2020 Unbound Medicine.
  2. CCDM Heymann DL (ed). Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th Ed. Washington, DC: APHA, 2015.
  3. CDC Travel CDC Health Information for International Travel 2020. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.
  4. Cecil Goldman L, Schafer AI (eds). Cecil Medicine, 26th Ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2020.
  5. Cohen J, Opal SM, Powderly WG (eds). Infectious Diseases, Kindle Ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2017.
  6. Gorbach Falagas ME, Mylonakis E (eds). Gorbach's 5-Minute Infectious Diseases Consult, 2nd Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.
  7. Guerrant RL, Walker DH, Weller PF (eds). Tropical Infectious Diseases, 3rd Ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2011.
  8. Harrisons Fauci et al. Harrison's Manual of Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2019.
  9. Harrison ID Kasper DL, Fauci AS (eds). Harrison's Infectious Diseases, 3rd Ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2017.
  10. ID Gorbach SL. Bartlett JG, Blacklow NR. (eds). Infectious Diseases, 3rd Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004.
  11. Merck Manual Porter RS, Kaplan JL (eds). The Merck Manual, 20th Ed. Merck & Co., Inc., 2018.
  12. 5MCC Domino FJ (ed). 5-Minute Clinical Consult 2020. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2020.
  13. PPID Bennett JE, Dolin R, Blaser MJ (eds). Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 9th Ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2020.
  14. Wallach Williamson MA, Snyder LM (eds). Wallach's Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, 10th Ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2021.

For other references, see Bibliography.

Who collected and indexed the facts and put them into a relational database?

IDdx is a Microsoft Access relational database of infectious disease facts that was created by Jay A. Brown, MD, MPH, a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and the University of Washington School of Public Health. Jay completed residency training in Family Practice and Occupational Medicine. He is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine and was formerly Board Certified in Family Practice. Dr. Brown has over twenty years of clinical experience working in family practice, urgent care, and occupational medicine clinics. He has been mapping medical knowledge domains since 1991 with the goal of systematically and accurately indexing the facts into continuously improved decision-support tools. His other website is at www.haz-map.com.