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Books, Journals, New Media
July 28, 1999

DSM-IVElectronic DSM-IV Plus, version 3.0

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: System 7.0 or higher, 16MB RAM (32 best), 10MB hard disk space (30 best); Windows: DOS 5.1 or higher, Windows 3.1 or higher, 486/66 MHz PC (Pentium 100 MHz better), 16 MB RAM (32 best), 10MB hard disk space (30 best); documentation 2 pp installation guide, $99.95, ISBN 0-88048-952-9, Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Publishing Group, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;282(4):387. doi:10.1001/jama.282.4.387-JBK0728-4-1

This IBM and Apple Macintosh compatible CD-ROM works using Windows 3.1, Windows 95 or higher, and Macintosh Version programs. Electronic DSM-IV Plus allows users to read text, print selected material, and add materials to their own computer data bases. Technical assistance is easily reached via an 800-customer-service number, and the personnel are very patient and helpful with computer illiterate physicians such as myself.

The CD-ROM is easy to use. A table of contents box next to the written text window makes it easy to move in and out of various sections. A toolbar icon can trigger a search function, which allows the user to seek out a key word or phrase. A navigation bar then takes the user quickly to search findings in various places in the document. A list window also displays the search results; this feature allows the reader quickly to scan where the key words are found in the identified text. Further, an icon attached to the list window allows retrieval of text surrounding the found words. Thus, the user can quickly decide if the found text is the actual one being sought. Of course, there is a disadvantage in using these aids, as they decrease the space from which to view text. These features allow searches by disorder, diagnostic code, or key phrase. The contents are also brimming with cross-references and hyperlinks that allow the user to jump from one location in a document to another or from document to document. A bookmark feature on the toolbar permits places in a document to be marked with a prompt that takes the reader right back to the identified text.

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