Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Anthony S. Fauci, Eugene Braunwald, Kurt Isselbacher, et al, one CD-ROM, requirements: PC: Windows 3.1, 95, or NT, 386 (486 recommended), 8MB RAM, minimum installation: 10MB available hard disk space, Mac: System 7.0 or higher, 68020 processor or better, 8 MB RAM, minimum 11MB available hard disk space, documentation: one 30-pp user's guide, single user $165, multi-user packages available, ISBN 0-07-020291-5, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill, 1998 (http://www. mghmedical.com).
Why should practicing physicians consider an electronic textbook over the print version? This edition represents about 2500 pages of medical text, which can be handily accessed when called at home; the CD or your notebook computer can be carried in your shoulder bag or briefcase on rounds or used for study on trips. The CD also contains a pharmacopoeia that is similar to the better known Physicians' Desk Reference, with cross-references between the textbook and the drug database that allow much more ease of flipping back and forth through a bulk of information than can be done with thousands of pages (5749 to be exact). Also noteworthy is the price, reduced from $299 in the previous edition to $165.
Internal MedicineHarrison's 14 CD-ROM: Principles of Internal Medicine, 14th Edition. JAMA. 1998;280(15):1367-1368. doi:10.1001/jama.280.15.1367-JBK1021-2-1