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WHSL PCMS and Beyond Survival Guide: Exercises

A brief overview of using information resources from WHSL and other useful information, designed for students entering GEMP I

Find an e-Book

In PCMS you will be required to use the standard textbook Medical Microbiology by Greenwood et al, and published on the Clinical Key platform. This e-book is available via WHSL's e-books, but to gain access you will need to set a PIN and a Clinical Key ID and password.

1. Set a Library PIN (for remote off-campus use). You will not need this PIN if you are working on campus (eg. at Medical School, at WHSL, at CH Bara, or from any of the residences). Please remember this PIN.

2. Set a Clinical Key ID and password. This remains your "personal" Clinical Key ID and password for the rest of your studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits; you need to register only once. To do this, follow the steps below:

  • Find the e-book you require - in this case Medical Microbiology: a Guide to Microbial Infections: Pathogenesis, Immunity, Laboratory Diagnosos and Control, ed, by Greenwood et al. 2012,
  • Go to (NB. you should bookmark this URL on your own pc for easy access in future)
  • Click on the e-Books (Alphabetical List by Title) tab
  • Select M (for Medical Microbiology) from the drop down menu
  • Find the correct book and select the link
  • You will be able to browse the chapters of this book in Clinical Key.
  • You will not be able to open the text until you register and log in.
  • Click on Register in the top right hand corner.
  • Fill in your personal details, and set a Clinical Key ID and password for yourself. Complete the rest of the registration process. Your role in the organisation is student; your area of interest is medicine and dentistry. Click that you agree to the terms and conditions of use (which includes the fact that you are subject to copyright). Please remember your Clinical Key ID and password.
  • Click on Register. If your registration is successful, Clinical Key should open with your user ID  in the top right hand corner. If you have already registered, then login with your own ID and password. You will login each time you use Clinical Key.
  • Then find the chapter on Immunity in Bacterial Infections.

3. Answer the following questions from this chapter:

  • Describe the triggers of an inflammatory reaction in the host. (Hint: navigate to the section on Inflammation in the left hand column to find this information quickly).
  • Find a diagram that shows the progress of infection and immunological defence mechanisms (Hint: click on Figures in the right hand bottom column)

Find an e-Journal Article

Find an article by Brian Deer (the third in a series) that relates the story of the medical fraud perpetuated whereby the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine was linked to autism spectrum disorders. The article was published in the BMJ vol 342, issue 7790, 22 Jan 2011. 

  • Go to WHSL's e-resources in health care
  • Click on the Journal Finder tab
  • Click on e-Wits A-Z journal searching link
  • Search for BMJ
  • Click on Full text from BMJ Publishing Group (1840 ~ present)
  • Click on Archive
  • Find Print archive: full text and PDF's: Oct 1994-Current
  • Click on 2011
  • Click on volume 342 (7790) of 22 Jan
  • Find the article entitled The Lancet's two days to bury bad news in the Feature section
  • Click to open, and read
  • See if you can trace the two earlier articles in this series