pubmed browser

A tool for browsing 40 years of medical literature contained in the MEDLINE database, by exploring links between related articles.

* powered by TouchGraph *


Enter your search words or phrases into the box below, then press Go!


This will launch PubMed Browser in a new window, containing your search terms in the central node, with links to the first 10 search results in the surrounding nodes.

Double-clicking on one of the surrounding nodes will expand the graph to include the first 10 related articles.

Double-clicking on the central node will retrieve the next 10 search results for your search terms (but you'll have to switch 'show first' to 'all' to be able to see them).

Clicking on the 'H' hint icon above each node will display a hint window containing the title, abstract and publication date, as well as a link to the full text of the article if available, pubmed (for full details and storing citations) and sfx (for extra linkout information).


Enter your search words or phrases into the box above, press


then copy and paste the PMID of the most relevant article into the box above, and press Go!



Library Techlog: "good for the kind of serendipity that comes from browsing library shelves."




The TouchGraph applet has been tested with Mozilla 1.1, Internet Explorer 6 and Netscape 6.2 on Windows 98 and XP, and Internet Explorer 5.2 on Mac OS 10.1.5.

Requires Java 1.3+, which will be automatically downloaded and installed if necessary. To install JRE 1.4 manually, go here.

Currently not working on Classic Mac OS, due to lack of support for Java 1.3. Problems have also been reported with Mozilla, Opera and Konqueror on Linux.

In the applet window, the 'Add URL' box does not allow you to add a URL (this is a remnant of the Google Browser).

Instead, it allows you to add a PMID number or search terms to the graph. Please note, you need to separate search words with %20 instead of spaces (to be fixed soon).

To view any nodes that are unconnected to the currently selected node, switch 'radius' to 'all'.

To clear the graph and start again, press clear before adding a new term or PMID.

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Starting Points:

human genome





Alex Shapiro/ TouchGraph LLC: Java coding for TGGoogleBrowser applet.

Alf Eaton: Perl script for PubMed Browser data feed.

See also

PubMed Collaboration Browser

PubMed Visual Net at

XplorMed at EMBL

TextQuest (paper) at EBI

pm2mail by WADN

PubCrawler at Trinity College, Dublin

Entrez Utilities at NCBI

Last updated: 03-Nov-2002