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Books, Journals, New Media
August 27, 2003


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;290(8):1100. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1100-a

PDxMD is "based upon the evidence-based PDxMD primary care information system." The online and personal digital assistant (PDA) versions of Neurology require annual subscription for $149, and this review is based on a 30-day free trial.

The book consists of "Medical Conditions Files (MediFiles)." Listed alphabetically are 44 neurological conditions, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to trigeminal neuralgia. It is not clear how the topics were chosen, since headache is included but backache is not, both being common neurological complaints. Similarly, thoracic outlet syndrome, which is relatively uncommon, is listed, but dementia and peripheral neuropathy are not. Each condition is presented in identical format, described under a "road map" on the inside back cover. The main headings are "Summary," "Background," "Diagnosis," "Treatment," "Outcomes," "Prevention," and "Resources." Subheadings include, "Key! Don't Miss," "ICD-9 Code," and "Clinical Pearl(s)." The "Resources" section has thoughtful information about support organizations. The topics are arranged alphabetically, making it easy to look up a condition without referring to the table of contents. There are no pictures, just a thousand words.

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