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.
Campbell's Techniques in Operative Orthopaedics has
traditionally been regarded as the reference textbook of choice for orthopedic
residents and practicing surgeons interested in operative treatment of orthopedic
pathologies. The recent release of the personal digital assistant (PDA) version
of this rich textbook promises to provide surgeons with a comprehensive, portable,
and easily accessible source of information.
The PDA version consists of six CD-ROMs. It is compatible with most
common operating platforms, including Palm OS, Pocket PC, Windows CE, and
Casio BE-300 and can be operated through both PC and Macintosh operating systems.
I used the Palm OS to review a full operating version of this PDA book. The
book is operated using Mobipocket software, which is downloadable via the
Internet. There are multiple steps involved in downloading this fastidious
software, and I found the instructions somewhat confusing and vague. The CD-ROMs
come with a "Quick Reference Guide," which I found to be just that! The guide
lacks the detail necessary to troubleshoot the problems that I encountered
during downloading and navigation of the book. However, the toll-free technical
support was friendly, informative, and professional, which made the troubleshooting
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