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The basic design of this web site was created by Andreas Viklund, a web designer, musician and writer who kindly shares some of his web site templates free of charge. However, his creation has been heavily customized, and I must take responsibility for its final appearance.

This site’s informational design and organization were developed by Candace using PersonalBrain, and the management of this project was initially done using OmniFocus, which has since been replaced with Toodledo.

EndNote will be used to organize and maintain relevant bibliographies until something both better than and as stable as EndNote comes along. Circus Ponies NoteBook, Scrivener, and Evernote are being used to gather research materials and organize them into articles.

E-book reading software is very helpful to me in my research, but with the current diversity of standards, I'm using more e-reading applications than I can keep track of. I use Bento databases to track my e-books, and the enormously fun Delicious Library 2 to catalogue my physical books. Aji iAnnotate PDF is useful in reading and marking up journal articles on the iPad.

Writing tools I find useful include MarsEdit and MacJournal. Useful text manipulation tools include TextSoap and Jumpcut.

The English dictionaries being used as a reference for this site include Webster’s [Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, electronic version 3] and American Heritage [American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed. (part of the Houghton Mifflin eReference Suite)]. The primary medical dictionaries used are Stedman’s [Stedman’s Electronic Medical Dictionary, 7.0, version 10.2] and Taber’s [Taber’s Medical Dictionary Online. F. A. Davis Co. 2010 (by subscription)]. The primary style guide is the AMA’s [Iverson C, Christiansen S, et al. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. 10th ed. New York, NY:Oxford Univ. Pr.; 2007].

Information on this site is taken from Candace’s collection of medical books and articles, materials available through MDConsult, leading journals in the field, and material available on the Internet.

The tools used for the development of this site include MAMP Pro, Coda, Firefox, and jQuery. The following Adobe Creative Suite programs were also used: Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat Pro. Other graphic tools used include: Anime Studio Pro, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Lineform, Corel Painter.

Development is being done on the Apple Macintosh platform using an iMac and MacBook Pro, both running OS X 10.6.x, a Wacom Cintiq 12WX pen tablet, a Wacom Intuous pen tablet, and an iPad, running iPhone OS 4.x.

Miscellaneous utilities I find particularly useful include 1Password, LaunchBar, Dropbox, Notational Velocity, DragThing, and Cuppa.

Tea consumed during work on this Web site is most often Harney & Sons Irish Breakfast and/or Vanilla Black, although cups of Kennilworth, peach-flavored white tea, and rooibos are also enjoyed, along with my mother Jackie's wonderful coffee.

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Page last updated: January 18, 2012

All information contained in this site is one layperson's interpretation of medical journal articles, textbooks, seminars, presentations, and other materials. Nothing that is stated here should carry more weight than the informed and considered opinions of your own highly trained and qualified medical caregivers. The author of this site is not a doctor and has absolutely no authority to prescribe or diagnose.

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