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August 19, 1998

OphthalmologyCD-Atlas of Ophthalmology

Author Affiliations

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


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by Sue Ford and Ronald Marsh, one CD-ROM and 8-pp user's guide, requirements: Macintosh: Power Mac or 68040, 8MB RAM, System 7.0 or above, 2x speed CD drive, 2MB hard disk space, thousands of colors; PC: Minimum of 66 MHz 486DX2, 2x speed CD drive, SVGA 16-bit color display, Win 3.x or 95, 2MB hard disk space, minimum 8MB RAM, $285, ISBN 0-7234-2912-X, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;280(7):668. doi:10.1001/jama.280.7.668-JBK0819-7-1

"Once seen, never forgotten" applies to ophthalmology as much as to any field in medicine. However, medical students rotating briefly through the department of ophthalmology do not have the opportunity to see the vast majority of eye diseases in real patients. This is partly related to the difficulties in mastering basic examination techniques, such as slit-lamp biomicroscopy and indirect ophthalmoscopy, but mostly to the rarity of many important conditions. An ophthalmology resident in a large hospital might observe grade 4 hypertensive retinopathy less than once a year, papilledema perhaps several times a year, and may never see a case of blue sclera throughout his or her residency. The bottom line is that medical students, as well as ophthalmology residents at the start of their training, must rely on textbook photographs for exposure to most eye diseases. Another large group of physicians who would benefit from viewing ophthalmic images are those engaged in primary and emergency care.

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