Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Jean-Marie Peyronnard and Louise Charron (SSB Multimedia Medical Series), two CD-ROMs, requirements: Macintosh: 68040 or PPC processor, System 7 or higher, 16MB free RAM, QuickTime 2.5 or higher, 2x CD drive, 13-in monitor; Windows: Pentium 90 MHz or higher, Windows 95 or higher, 16MB free RAM, QuickTime 2.0.1 or higher, 2x speed CD drive, SVGA monitor, 16 bit sound card; $95 each, ISBN 1-896957-06-4 (Ocular Motor) ISBN 1-89695-04-8 (Vestibular), Montreal, Canada, SSB Multimedia, 1998.
These CD-ROMs are the first two of a projected series, The CNS in Action. Each provides both an overview and extensive detail on a specific portion of the central nervous system.
The CDs are easy to run: they start automatically from the CD-ROM drive without installation of additional software. The QuickTime viewer is included on the CDs.
Once up and running, proceeding through the different features is intuitive. A simple Help function is also available for those times when intuition fails. At the main menu, one can choose to review anatomy or to examine different features of the nervous system. On the Ocular Motor System disk the choices are "Overview of Human Eye Movements: Types and Functions" and "Overview of the Neural Machinery Commanding Conjugate Eye Movements." The Vestibular System disk includes "Overview of the Labyrinth," "Central Connections of the Labyrinth," and "The Vestibulo-Ocular Reflexes." The anatomy sections appear to be the same on both titles.
Central Nervous SystemThe CNS in Action, 1: The Ocular Motor System, 2: The Vestibular System. JAMA. 1998;280(19):1718. doi:10.1001/jama.280.19.1718-JBK1118-6-1