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McGraw-Hill's AccessMedicine Podcasts

One podcast a week may include any of the following:

  • Harrison's Online Grand Rounds:

    Audio lectures, from world-renowned academic physicians, addressing key medical topics in internal medicine.
  • Harrison's Online Updates:

    The latest, most important advances in medicine written by highly regarded academicians in the medical field.
  • Hurst's the Heart Online Updates:

    Examinations and reviews of the most recent cardiology news from medical journals written by distinguished medical physicians.
  • Fitzpatrick’s Case of the Month:

    Video podcasts illustrating a new notable case each month, developed by the authors of Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology. Use the images and patient history to guess the diagnosis before learning the answer and associated treatment protocol.
  • Schwartz Surgery Online Updates:

    Video updates highlight key procedures, audio updates exploring the latest surgical advances, and Journal Reviews discussing recent noteworthy news, all from preeminent surgeons.
  • Williams Obstetrics Online Updates:

    These updates are editorials and article reviews of key issues in obstetrics practice by leaders in the field.
  • Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology Online Updates:

    These updates are reviews of landmark articles and practice-changing clinical trials in neurology.
  • Lectures from the Online Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease (

    Dr. Charles Scriver discusses the familiar error phenylketonuria or PKU and is keyed to the use of the online version of Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease (MMBID).

    There are also in-depth Grand Rounds presentations as well as noteworthy articles from an international team of top genetic researchers.
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So, What Is a Podcast?

A podcast is a simple yet sophisticated transfer of audio content over the Internet. It allows audio files to be shared among people around the world with a minimum of manual work.

Podcasts are usually MP3 audio files that are available for downloading onto your computer and transferred to an iPod or any portable digital-media device that can play MP3 files. Note that MP3 files can also be played right on your Windows, Linux, or Macintosh computer. MP3 is rapidly becoming the de facto standard for audio content.

OK, I Get It. Now, How Do I "Get" It?

If you have a computer that's connected to the Internet, you're ready to start. The most common way of receiving a podcast is through a podcast receiver, which is a piece of software that's similar to a Web browser. Several popular podcast receivers are available, almost all of them are free. Juice is a popular one that can be downloaded from the following site:
It's very easy to download and install. Just follow the instructions on the download page.

Another one you can use is iTunes. With the release of version 4.9, you can subscribe to podcasts directly in iTunes.

Subscribe using Juice or iTunes


If you're using the Juice receiver, go to the Subscriptions tab and press the large green button with the plus sign (the "add new feed" button). Copy the link above to the URL field in the dialog box. Press Save, and this podcast will appear in the list of subscriptions in the upper half of the Subscriptions tab.

At this point, a subscription has been set up, but no podcasting has been done. On Juice's Subscription tab, press the leftmost button (it's green with two arrows on it) to check for new podcasts. If there are any, they'll begin to download (this may take a minute or two to complete).


Simply click the iTunes logo at the top of the page.

Whee! Now I'm Podcasting!

Yes, you now have at least one podcast on your computer to enjoy. Select one in the Episodes section of the Subscriptions tab and press the right mouse button. Juice will offer to open it and play it for you.

Going Mobile

The best thing about podcasts is that they're not only ready to play when you're ready to listen but they can also go anywhere you go via iPods or other portable MP3 devices.

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