October 23, 1991

FamilyMD 2.4: A Primary Care Information Tool

Author Affiliations

Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk

Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk


by Mark Ebell, one 5¼-inch or 3½-inch diskette, for IBM PC and compatibles, documentation: 35-pp manual, $59 individual users, $29 residents and students, $89 site license, or $189 institutional license, Athens, Ga, Doggone Software Ltd, 1991.

JAMA. 1991;266(16):2299-2300. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470160131056

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Family MD is a user-friendly reference database for PC-compatible computers. Some topics are useful to family physicians, others less so. It is enjoyable but much too limited for use by the serious practitioner. A promised update may help.

The program has four sections: "Topics," "Formulas," "Tools," and "Pharm." "Topics" contains brief narratives, lists, and flowcharts related to a variety of medical topics such as the evaluation of abnormal results on liver function tests or the differential diagnosis for alopecia. "Formulas" has seven common formulas, including calculation of anion gaps, body surface areas, and creatinine clearance. "Tools" includes an Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II score