Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by J. Claude Bennett and Fred Plum, 20th ed, one CD-ROM, requires 8MB RAM, 10MB free disk space, CD-ROM drive, 256 colors mouse, PC at least 386 with Windows at least 3.1 and DOS 5.0 or Macintosh 68020 with System 7 or higher, $150, ISBN 0-7216-6417-2, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders, 1998 (includes a drug database of approximately 800 drugs).
I decided that the best way to review the new CD-ROM version of the Cecil Textbook of Medicine, 20th edition, was to use it in my office practice for a week. I figured that would be the most accurate way to assess whether the CD-ROM format facilitated information retrieval as compared with a standard textbook. I must say at the outset that I went into this effort as a textbook-oriented reader; I enjoy the heft of a book and the ability to quickly turn to particular pages. Nevertheless, by the end of the week, I was awed by the searching power that the CD-ROM provides.
Internal MedicineCecil Textbook of Medicine. JAMA. 1998;280(15):1368. doi:10.1001/jama.280.15.1368-JBK1021-3-1