Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
An assortment of pulmonary physicians at various levels of expertise
and computer literacy tested Learning Lung Sounds from
Stethographics, Inc for this review.
The product is delivered on a self launching CD-ROM. Once the CD is
placed in the drive, the product launches automatically to a home page with
easy and intuitive navigation. No downloads or installations were required
on the five different computers it was tested on, which were sound card enabled,
Pentium 3 PCs with Windows 95, 98, Me, XP, 2000, and NT. The instructions
are clear but minimal and could provide more depth for different types of
student user on how to derive maximal benefit from the CD. The course is clearly
divided into four sections: "Introduction," "Common Lung Sounds," "Sound Patterns,"
Haque R, Gillio R. Lung Sounds. JAMA. 2003;289(11):1443-1444. doi:10.1001/jama.289.11.1443