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# Free and Open Source Medicine
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Most medical protocols, templates, and guidelines are referenced in online databases such as UpToDate, textbooks, and peer-reviewed journals. These are rarely free or cheap, academic institutions paying significant cost for access to these. This cost exists despite taxpayer money funding a significant, if not bulk, of the studies from which these guidelines are derived. Access restrictions to such data that is funded by taxpayers has been challenged by individuals such as [Aaron Swartz](, but little progress been made in making this data more readily available. Full versions of UpToDate are readily found on torrent sites such as [The Pirate Bay](, in forms that can be loaded onto mobile phones, but use of such downloads constitutes copyright violation. Outside of these paywalls or illegal downloads there exists little formalized organization of free and open source versions of medical protocols, templates, and guidelines. aims to contribute to this vacuum. Note many in-progress articles are not online yet, as it must be ensured that enough sources are synthesized to avoid plagiarism/copyright-violation.