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.
There's something comforting about carrying a dog-eared, spiral-bound
handbook around the wards to refresh your memory on the specifics of a particular
laboratory test when reviewing a patient's chart at 2:00 AM.
That said, personal digital assistant (PDA) technology has reached the point
that the hardware is small, fast, light, and powerful enough to replace several
hefty spiral-bound books.
The software package reviewed here, ABC's of Interpretive
Laboratory Data, fourth edition, by SkyScape, is an example of the
latest generation of clinical utilities available on PalmOS (3.1 and above)
and Windows CE/PocketPC (2.0 and above) platforms. ABC's is an electronic version of the 580-page Bakerman's ABC's of Interpretive Laboratory Data, which is a quick reference for
laboratory tests likely to be encountered in a clinical environment.
Bergeron B. New Media, Medicine. JAMA. 2003;290(16):2197. doi:10.1001/jama.290.16.2197