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“Apples and Oranges”

Several areas of GIDEON allow the user to compare the clinical features, microbiology and epidemiology of related diseases. Such comparison charts are ideal teaching tools, which can be generated within seconds and sent to PowerPoint, Word, E-mail, and lots more.

Compare diseases by region

Using the  tab in the Infectious Diseases module, we can construct a chart contrasting some of the key clinical and epidemiological features of user-selected diseases.

For example, if you want to prepare material on three zoonotic (animal-related) diseases of the United States – Plague, Tularemia and Brucellosis, select United States from the Country drop-down menu:

In the Results window, highlight the various diseases to be compared and press the button.  A disease comparison chart will appear in a new window:

Compare relative incidence of diseases

GIDEON allows the user to compare the relative incidence of various selected diseases, in specified regions of the world.  Using the diseases in the example above, we will compare the relative incidence of these three diseases in the United States.  Under the tab, select the radio button next to Graph:


Next, select the United States from the Country window and then select the disease charts you wish to compare from the Graphs window. The upper right-hand window displays the Selected Graphs that you have chosen to compare (you can choose up to 6 graphs for comparison):

Once disease graphs have been selected and appear in the Selected Graphs window, click on the  button and the following comparison graph will open:

Comparing country-specific disease notes and information

At this point, you may also wish to copy / paste the extensive country-specific notes for these diseases, which can be found in the Infectious Diseases module under the tab.  Select a disease by clicking on its name in the Results window, and then select the tab at the top of the right column of the screen.  Select a country for specific disease distribution information, in this case the United States, and results will display in the lower part of the screen:

Clicking on the button opens information about the selected disease in a new window:

Comparing worldwide distribution of specific diseases

Worldwide and country-specific distribution information can be found in the Infectious Diseases module under the tab.  Select a disease by clicking on its name in the Results window, and simply click on the icon next to the list of countries in the right-hand column.

You can use this method to find and compare worldwide distribution maps for plague and tularemia:

Comparing bacteriology of etiologic agents

Now, let’s also compare the bacteriology of etiologic agents.  In the Microbiology module, select the tab and select desired agents for comparison from the Bacteria list window:

Once the desired agents for comparison have been selected, click on the  button and the following comparison chart will be displayed:

Additionally, GIDEON provides a multitude of other information about diseases, including pictures of infected patients, details on related vaccines, treatments… and much more!

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