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May 8, 2002

Global Infectious DiseaseGIDEON: Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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one CD-ROM, requirements: Windows 95/98/NT, CD drive (for installation and updates), 486 processor (Pentium recommended), 20 MB disk space, 16 MB RAM. $695/4 CDs annually, San Francisco, Calif, http://www.gideononline.com, CY Informatics, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;287(18):2433-2434. doi:10.1001/jama.287.18.2433-JBK0508-4-1

It is always reassuring to find that good things last, pleasing to find they sometimes actually improve over time, and totally unexpected when they become less expensive. Such is the case for GIDEON: Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network. When I first reviewed it for JAMA in 1994, I described GIDEON as an intellectual tour de force that operated in the simplest fashion. It still is, but it has been further improved with time.

GIDEON is a computer program that provides remarkable assistance in diagnosing infectious diseases. No ordinary artificial intelligence program, GIDEON deals with infectious diseases on a worldwide basis, country by country. At a time when immigration from remote countries and adventure travel are increasingly common, this feature becomes quite important. GIDEON incorporates every major and minor infectious disease that has been described: bacterial, viral, protozoan, parasitic, and fungal infections, from Acanthamoeba meningoencephalitis and Astrakhan fever, through Mycobacterium and Mycoplasma, to Yersinia and zygomycosis.

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