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October 4, 1995

The Little Black Book of Primary Care: The Electronic Onion

Author Affiliations

Garden State Medical Group Medford, NJ


Newton version 1.0, by Daniel K. Onion and Education Research Laboratories Inc, two 3.5-in disks and 15-pp user's manual; requirements: Newton Connection Kit already installed on Macintosh or Windows computer, 1.7MB available space on a PCMCIA storage card; $69.95, ISBN 0-393-71025-4, New York, NY, WW Norton, 1995 (also available in Macintosh and Windows versions).

JAMA. 1995;274(13):1092. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530130098046

When I first reviewed the spiral-bound version of this neat book,1I found it concise and easy to use. I could pick it up, flip open a page, and see a complete description of a disease, syndrome, or clinical topic. I weighed the Newton and The Little Black Book. Although they are about the same weight, the width and thickness of the Newton are less.

But if you are a Newton owner, you already know the difference—you can turn on the machine and tap into the table of contents from the dot between the up and down arrows. If you need the index, it is easily accessed by tapping the index window in the corner next to the Az button. That brings you to the alphabetical list, which you can access by tapping letters on a keyboard image or by handwriting on a line. Warning— handwriting recognition is not

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