Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by James "Butch" Rosser, Jr (Yale Laparoscopy), one CD per topic, requires 8MB RAM (16 rec), 2x CD drive (4x or better rec), 256 color (8-bit), sound card and speakers, Win at least 3.1, 80486/33 MHz or better, or Macintosh System 7.0 or better with CD-ROM extensions, 68040/33 MHz or better, $150 per CD, New York, NY, Springer-Verlag, 1998.
I had the pleasure of reviewing these five CD-ROMs, which deal with the current technology of laparoscopic general surgery and represent a very interesting approach to the education of future surgeons. Three present procedures for surgeons, and two are intended for patients.
The procedure disks, which are similar in format, deal with cholecystectomy, inguinal hernia repair, and Nissen fundoplication, all laparoscopic. After a brief introduction, a table of contents directs the user to pathophysiology; preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative workup, and follow-up; and recognizing and treating complications. The programs have a satisfactory complement of videos, which break each procedure into steps that can be reviewed easily. The videos seem to run well and can be compared to any video produced at the time of operation. (The machine I reviewed the disks on was a 200 MHz Pentium processor).
LaparoscopyLaparoscopic Cholecystectomy: Surgical Procedure, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: Patient Education Program, Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication: Surgical Procedure, Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication: Patient Education Program, and Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair—Transabdominal and Balloon-Assisted Extraperitoneal Approaches: Surgical Procedure. JAMA. 1998;280(7):667-668. doi:10.1001/jama.280.7.667-JBK0819-6-1