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December 6, 1995

MedPics Series: An Image Library for Medical Education: Histology and Pathology

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Virginia Richmond

JAMA. 1995;274(21):1724-1725. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530210080042

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This software is described on the package insert as an interactive multimedia program using "high quality digital images, descriptive text, and on-screen graphics for lessons on normal and abnormal organ structure and function." It was developed by the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, Office of Learning Resources and distributed by Micron Biosystems. No author is listed on the accompanying brochure or on the disc. The software can be run on either a Macintosh (II series or better) or IBM compatible (386SX 33 MHz or better) system.

The program is provided on a CD-ROM and consists of two modules: histology and pathology. A third module on hematology is under development. This reviewer concentrated on the pathology section.

The pathology module consists of approximately 400 images generally divided into organ systems. For each image, the screen is divided into four sections. About one third of the screen contains the

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