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Medscape is a web resource for physicians and other health professionals. It features peer-reviewed original medical journal articles, CME (Continuing Medical Education), a customized version of the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database, daily medical news, major conference coverage, and drug information -- including a drug database and drug interaction checker. The site is free to use for professionals and consumers, but registration is required.Founded in New York's Silicon Alley in May of 1995 by SCP Communications, Inc. under the direction of Peter Frishauf, Medscape, Inc. had an IPO in September, 1999, trading on NASDAQ under the symbol MSCP (a tip-of-the-hat to its founding company, SCP, and to Netscape, whose symbol was NSCP). In May, 2000 Medscape merged with another public company, MedicaLogic, Inc. MedicaLogic found itself in financial difficulty within 18 months, and sold Medscape to WebMD in December of 2001.Since 1999 the editor-in-chief of Medscape has been noted medical editor Dr. George D. Lundberg who for 17 years prior to joining Medscape had served as Editor of Journal of the American Medical Association.
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