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March 1, 1995

MIM-CD, Mendelian Inheritance in Man, Version 3.1

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Texas Medical Center Library Houston

JAMA. 1995;273(9):755-756. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520330087051

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MIM-CD is the CD-ROM companion to the print and on-line versions of Mendelian Inheritance in Man (MIM), Victor McKusick's encyclopedia of medical genetics. The CD is based on the MIM database. First published in 1966, the printed work is currently in its 11th edition (1994) and exceeds 2500 pages. Evolving through the years into what is essentially a gene catalog, MIM now contains over 6600 separate review entries and 52000 references. The first computerized version, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), was introduced in 1987 with free access provided through the Welch Medical Library of The Johns Hopkins University. Currently, OMIM is readily available via telephone lines and the Internet.

The monumental effort required to produce such a work and its current availability in three formats attest to the worth of MIM's content. In addition to appreciating its value for teaching and research, users surveyed found the knowledge

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