In today’s world of lightning fast research and publication, it is both difficult and time consuming to stay up-to-date with the most current information. The Rubicon Review, periodically updated our Yahoo Group with new and relevant literature in environmental physiology.
Project status: The Rubicon Review ended when issues with the Yahoo mailing system prohibited us from assigning new moderators or posting new messages. After one year of monthly failed attempts to resolve the issues, we have ended the project.
What was it?
We invited several medical librarians to join the discussion, and Ginger Carden of the Duke University Medical Center Library helped refine our first searches.
This effort — no small task — follows in the steps of the many great literature aggregation efforts of the past. In 1971, Gordon and Breach, along with with Science Publishers, Inc., published An Annotated Bibliography on Diving and Submarine Medicine. In 1973, Shilling and Werts, with Plenum Publishers, published Underwater Medicine and Related Sciences: A Guide to the Literature. The Undersea Medical Society (UMS, later the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, UHMS) published later editions of the series. Following that, Pressure, the UMS newsletter, began to include a section containing new publications of interest. From 1980 to 1985, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, with Plenum Publishing Corporation, published the quarterly Hyperbaric Oxygen Review. And at the same time, UHMS journals also began to include new collections, called “Abstracts from Other Literature.” The Rubicon Review will now continue that tradition.
The Rubicon Review was designed to keep researchers and others interested in the subject up-to-date on the current literature in environmental physiology. Our goal was to sift through new publications so you didn’t have to.
The Rubicon Review performed four key searches per month, one each week. The subjects we searched were:
Week One – Hyperbaric Medicine, PubMed
Week One – All topics, US DoD DTIC (monthly)
Week Two – Aerospace Medicine, PubMed
Week Three – Diving Medicine, PubMed
Week Four – High Altitude Medicine, PubMed
We hope you found the Rubicon Review timely, useful, and most of all relevant, whether diving and environmental physiology are your profession or merely your obsession.