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September 12, 1986

History and Physical Generator

Author Affiliations

Kaiser Hospital San Diego


(version 1.0), one 5 1/4-inch diskette, for IBM PC and compatibles; documentation: 21+ pp; $85, San Francisco, Info-Med Systems Inc, 1985.

JAMA. 1986;256(10):1367. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380100141044

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To be useful in the day-to-day practice of medicine and surgery, a software program must be easy to use and straightforward and must fill a real, as opposed to a perceived, need. It must be almost as intuitive to use as any tool in our profession and not interfere with accomplishing the task at hand. Finally, I believe, it must be easy enough to use for us to be willing to abandon our current mode of carrying out that work. This software program must entice us, then, to new ways of fulfilling our day-to-day work tasks.

History and Physical Generator, while basically competent and thorough, is dull and boring. It does not lure me from my current mode of practice, nor does it take advantage of the many features of the computer that can be so helpful and time saving.

History and Physical Generator is a program written for the