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April 28, 1999

OphthalmologyStereoscopic Atlas of Macular Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

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


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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999American Medical Association


by J. Donald M. Gass, 4th ed, requirements: Windows only: 486 or Pentium PC running Windows 95, NT, or 3.1 with installed TCP/IP stack and configured modem, 16MB RAM minimum, 30MB free hard disk space, 2 × or faster CD drive, documentation: 11 pp user's guide, $310, ISBN 0-323-00705-8, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1999.

JAMA. 1999;281(16):1548. doi:10.1001/jama.281.16.1548-JBK0428-4-1

The comparison of the book version of Stereoscopic Atlas of Macular Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment by J. Donald Gass (originally reviewed in JAMA, May 7, 1997) with its CD-ROM counterpart provides the opportunity to answer the question of whether a medical publisher is in the printing business or in the information delivery business. The answer is both.1 Currently, it is difficult to compete with the qualities of a printed book, but as computers and programs become more user friendly, this will change. Books and CD-ROMs are mobile, lightweight, easy to use, and have high contrast display; unfortunately CD-ROMs require a computer. To its advantage, a CD-ROM can be easily updated and replaced.

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