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Books, Journals, New Media
March 3, 1999

DictionaryDorland's Electronic Medical Dictionary, 28th edition

Author Affiliations

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


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one CD-ROM, requirements: Macintosh: 68020 microprocessor with PMU support, MAC OS System 7.0 or higher, 10MB free hard drive, 8MB RAM; Windows: 386 PC or compatible, Windows 3.1 or higher, DOS 5.0 or higher, 12MB RAM, 9MB free hard drive, documentation 10 pp user's guide, $49.95, ISBN 0-7216-7403-8, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;281(9):852. doi:10.1001/jama.281.9.852-JBK0303-6-1

This electronic version of the 28th edition of Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary has most of the virtues of the print version of 1994, with additional features made possible by supporting software. Besides standard copy, paste, and print functions, the CD version provides hot-text links to cross-references and allows bookmarks and "marginal" notes to be entered on the user's hard disk. Audio pronunciations of some 10,000 terms are available on PCs equipped with sound cards. Although graphics don't reproduce uniformly well on the screen, a zoom-in and zoom-out utility helps.

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