September 27, 1995

SleepMultiMedia: The Comprehensive Computerized Textbook of Sleep Medicine With Text, Sound, Graphics, Animation, and Video

Author Affiliations

Lancaster, Pa


version 1, edited by Michael J. Thorpy, one CD ROM, for IBM PC or compatible computer with 80386 processor or higher, and 4 MB RAM, Microsoft Windows 3.0 or higher or DOS 3.1 or higher, SVGA color monitor, Windows-compatible mouse, CD-ROM drive, and audio board, $895, Scarsdale, NY, SleepMultiMedia, 1994.

JAMA. 1995;274(12):992. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530120086053

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I reviewed SleepMultiMedia on an IBM PC compatible 80486/DX66 computer with Microsoft Windows 3.1, a double-speed CD-ROM drive, and Soundblaster audiocard.

A main-screen table of contents has buttons that give direct access to any of the product's seven parts. These include "How To Use SleepMultiMedia," "Physiology of Sleep," "Insomnia," "Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome," "Narcolepsy," "Parasomnias," and "Practice Parameters."

Each part has its own specific table of contents, which one can work through using standard point-and-click mouse actions. The means of navigation through the program are intuitive and easy to follow. A tool bar across the top of the screen allows access to any point in the program from any other point directly or through table of contents screens and decision screens.

Interspersed throughout the program are audio and/or audio-and-video files. When one accesses a video file, a small 1½ × 1½-in video comes on the screen. The audio is of

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