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Blogrolled: We stand on the shoulders of giants

We stand on the shoulders of giants is a teaching blog dedicated to the late Emeritus Professor T J Danaraj, the foundation Dean of the University of Malaya Medical Centre. The blog is moderated by Dr. Wong Yin Onn.

Prof Danaraj meticulously documented the physical signs seen in his patients for the purpose of teaching medical students. Thousands of slides were made in his long teaching career. In the days before plastic, these pictures were imprinted on glass plates. After he passed away, the slide collection was given to Dr Wong Yin Onn. These slides were used by Dr Wong in teaching; however it is felt that for this teaching material to reach a bigger audience, it will have to be digitalised to help preserve it and to enable it to be posted onto a Website.
The process of slowly digitalising the slides and uploading it onto the webpage is the devoted work of the medical students now being trained. The stems were added by Dr Wong. Out of the thousands of slides, 200+ have been selected for this project and it will take some time to upload all the 200+ case studies. This we will do to the memory of a teacher who had dedicated his life to producing good competent doctors, such that the material that he has amassed will continue to help educate more doctors.

We are indeed privileged that this work is being shared to the medical world and we would like to thank Dr. Wong and his students for a great job done. Prof Danaraj was indeed a giant amongst men and when it comes to medical education, there is simply no equal to him in this region.
I found these videos on Youtube which are testimony to this great man.

“We stand on the shoulders of giants” has been blogrolled in the MMR. Thanks to Dr. Wong for the heads-up.

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3 Responses to “Blogrolled: We stand on the shoulders of giants”

  • pseudomallei says:

    Thanks Palmdoc for the link. I laud Dr. Wong’s effort in sharing the clinical slides but I wonder what is the legality of putting up patients’s pictures online? I have also got a sizeable collection of clinical photos put up online, but was warned that it was illegal without the patients’s consent.

  • Palmdoc says:

    I presume the consent was implied when the pictures were taking for teaching purposes. In any case if the patient is not identifiable, I think the picture should be ok.

  • PunnaWYO says:

    Most slides are at least about 40 years old, the latest being taken around the 70s. I had made sure that most faces are NOT shown unless absolutely necessary eg Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. For the rest it is not possible to identify the patient from the body part shown. Yes TQ for advise and I was indeed very conscious of the need for Not identifying anyone.

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