Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, Richard Allen Johnson, Klaus Wolff, and Dick Suurmond, 4th ed, one CD-ROM, system requirements: 8-bit (256) color (16-bit color [thousands] or greater video subsystem recommended), 16 MB RAM (24 MB recommended), PowerPC (Mac) or Pentium (Windows) processor; $99, ISBN 0-07-137246-6, New York, NY McGraw-Hill, 2001.
To start, let's get one thing straight: the fourth edition of the Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology in book form is excellent—unique and unrivaled. The text is concise and relevant. The illustrations are superb. Nowhere can you get a better dollar-for-dollar education in dermatology. In sum, it is a steal.
The same book in compact disc (CD) form, however, is a different story. It is also a steal, but in this case it's the publisher who's doing the stealing. In order to understand why I say this, we're going to have to distinguish carefully between the medium and the message. It's the medium with which I have my beef.
DermatologyColor Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology: Common and Serious Diseases. JAMA. 2002;287(4):525. doi:10.1001/jama.287.4.525-JBK0123-5-1