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International Herpes Management Forum (www.IHMF.org)
  1. T G STAMMERS
  1. Church Lane Practice
  2. Merton Park, London SW19 3NY, UK

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    This large site has the most comprehensive collection imaginable of monographs, original papers and pictures on herpesvirus infections. Not just herpes simplex virus and varicella but cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, human herpes virus 6, 7, and 8 are all exhaustively covered.

    Complete monographs can be downloaded from theLibrary section or alternatively there are shorter management guidelines on such topics as herpesvirus infections in pregnancy and clinical implications of latency. There is also a whole section entitled Molecular Biology—all you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask!

    The site's welcome page implies that it will be useful to visitors ranging from specialists to patients but the format is heavily weighted in favour of health care professionals. Most patients would need a good medical dictionary at hand and the format is bland and rather uninviting for the casual visitor.

    For specialists there is a journal club and there are regularly updated details of international virology meetings on another of the main sections. Also featured is a world map with links to herpesvirus organisations across the globe.

    An Acrobat reader and PowerPoint are required to utilise large parts of the site but anyone with these facilities can download entire lecture presentations of high quality.

    The site is sponsored by a pharmaceutical company but is not heavily promotional. Highly recommended.

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