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Books, Journals, New Media
October 21, 1998

Internal MedicineCecil Textbook of Medicine

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;280(15):1368. doi:10.1001/jama.280.15.1368-JBK1021-3-1

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.

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