The mind palace, also known as the memory palace or the memory theatre, is something I want badly! Ever since I read the incredible book, the Art of Memory by Frances Yates, I have dreamed of building a mind palace. But in medicine, we should be able to externalize the palace–in fact, we must! The method of loci will not suffice.
Technology should surely have advanced to the point where this is simple–the programming requirements are trivial.
My current mind palace is at CrashingPatient.com. It is quite good, but not perfect.
We need a place to store all of the literature, books, and internet posts/media we feel will be valuable. The storage must be durable (if an internet site goes down, the work remains). If we lose our paid access, we retain the full text of the literature.
The medium should allow comfortable reading of the literature, viewing of the media, etc.
Should be immediately accessible offline or online. Should be firewall resistant.
Ease of Commenting/Summarizing
Need to put the take-home message somewhere. Additional thoughts, new findings. Really two separate things:
- We need the ability to comment on, by which I mean literally on the paper (i.e. scribblings, marginalia, highlighting)
- But also the ability to summarize a Topic and add those papers as citations in a way that would link to the scribbled on paper
Ease of the Edit
Front end editing
Or at the very least, immediately exportable to open source
All information should be easily retrievable with logic, operator, and fuzzy logic based searches
Option to Publish
Should you want to share your memory palace
- Storage for to-be-read/to-be-viewed
- Publish or Protect as Desired
image from memorise.org
Want to read more about memory?
The Art of Memory, mentioned above, is amazing–but oh so dense. For a lighter, contemporary read:
Some additional requirements/desires:
- Self-Updating TOC as frontpage (see crashingpatient.com)
- Search must be browsable by either google or a plug-in and updates in real time
- Need to be able to do edits/additions on firewalled computers in any computer in the hospital.
- Want, but not essential–evernote's real time search of the contents of embedded pdfs would be pretty swell
Now on to the Podcast…
- EMCrit 289 – Ketamine Only Intubation Paper with Brian Driver - January 12, 2021
- EMCrit 288 – Neurogenic Shock & Should we be Using Vasopressors for Hemorrhagic Shock? - December 29, 2020
- EMCrit 287 – Thoracotomy Masterclass with Dennis Kim - December 10, 2020