Internet in Brazil
In Brazil for a number of complex reasons the government has been a
constant and dominating presence in the economic, social, and even private
life of ordinary citizens. Information technology and Internet itself as a
means of communication have also been subject to government interference.
Internet in Brazil started to be free, for ordinary citizens, only in the
beginning of 1995.
According to an estimate of the Brazilian Psychiatry Society, there are
currently about six thousand practicing psychiatrists in the country,
mostly in large urban centers. The Brazilian Psychiatry Society database
holds information on three thousand psychiatrists, of whom two thousand are
actual Society members.
Psychiatry and InternetTo a developing country such as Brazil and with its continental proportions, the Internet represents much more than a new technological resource. It offers a possibility for reformulating teaching methods and helps minimize the hardships and deficiencies met by the education system throughout the country. In the academic field of psychiatry, Brazilian education and research centers are located maily in the Rio de Janeiro-São Paulo axis. In our country, the organization of regional symposiums for knowledge updating and dissemination purposes is usually costly and complex. As an alternative, Internet mailing lists, newsgroups and carefully designed Web pages could be used to deliver, to needy institutions in remote locations, the information generated at major educational centers.
Psychiatry on line Brazil
Psychiatry on line Brazil, the first Brazilian electronic publication in
the field of Psychiatry, started in June 1996. At present the number of
visitors to the magazine site has been growing at an amazingly fast rate.
The Mailing List of Brazilian Psychiatry
In October of 1997 we started the first Mailing List of Brazilian Psychiatry on the Internet. Today our list is fully operative, with more than two hundred subscribers, and continuously growing.
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