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Books, Journals, New Media
October 21, 1998

Voice RecognitionDragon NaturallySpeaking

Author Affiliations

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


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one CD-ROM and headset/microphone, minimum requirements: 133 MHz Pentium processor, IBM-compatible PC, Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0, industry-standard 16-bit sound card or built-in audio systems on desktops and portables, including the Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 and other selected cards (contact Dragon Systems for the most up-to-date list), speakers required for multimedia online Help and Quick Tour, CD-ROM drive for installation, 60 MB hard disk+40 MB additional to save recorded speech+15 MB additional to install Text-to-Speech, 32 MB RAM; Personal Edition $109, Preferred Edition $229, Deluxe Edition $695, Medical Suite $695, available for American English, British English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish; Newton, Mass, Dragon Systems, 1998 (1-800-TALK TYPE or+1-617-965-5200, info@dragonsys.com, http://www.dragonsys.com).

JAMA. 1998;280(15):1369-1370. doi:10.1001/jama.280.15.1369-JBK1021-6-1

Consider the effort required to publish something. Ideas must form; the ideas must be elaborated or refined; they must then be described and connected in a coherent form; vocabulary must be carefully chosen; and the grammar, syntax, and the very appearance of words on the page must be carefully prepared. Thus, attempting to publish has involved a great deal of intellectual and manual labor. Every thought that reaches paper has been placed there by someone, and spending hours tapping at keyboards is not a particularly stimulating or pleasant activity.

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