Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
MAXX: The Electronic Library of Medicine on CD-ROM, ver 2.0, one CD-ROM, requires at least 386/33 MHz DOS 5.0, Windows 3.1 (Windows 95 compatible), 8MB RAM, 10MB available hard disk space, 256 color graphics card and monitor, and double-speed CD-ROM drive, or Macintosh 68040, system 6.8, 8MB RAM, 256 color graphics, 6 MB hard disk space, double-speed CD drive, $395, ISBN 0-316-55713-7, paper, $595 with USPDI database, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott-Raven, 1997.
Every physician knows the frustration of seeking information in a number of textbooks with incomplete and confusing indexes while patients are waiting. Now, with a few keystrokes, data are quickly available to practitioners in one CD-ROM: MAXX: The Electronic Library on CD-ROM contains Little, Brown Spiral Manuals covering over 20 specialties, and the numbers are increasing. Included also is the US Pharmacopoeial Convention's Drug Information, volume 1.
Installation of the program is standard, short, and easy. However, each quarterly update has to be reinstalled, which the publisher omits mentioning in the manual, and the new versions come with no instructions at all. More frustrating, in order to update, the previous database usually has to be erased. An "uninstall" icon is included, which removes most of the program but leaves traces in the hard disk, a nuisance. Finding the data from the disk could be more user friendly. Most of us with intermediate computer knowledge are accustomed to running a program by intuition, but this CD-ROM forces the physician to study the manual. Although short (20 pages), it still is an irritating waste of time.
Electronic LibraryMAXX: The Electronic Library of Medicine on CD-ROM. JAMA. 1998;279(1):88. doi:10.1001/jama.279.1.88-JBK0107-4-1