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At a time when interest among physicians and other health personnel in clinical computing is rapidly growing, it is gratifying to see the appearance of a carefully planned collection that surveys some of the best modern work in medical information science. Although a few of the 36 papers in Blum's volume were written specifically for this book, most originally appeared in the Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, the large annual conference on medical computing, which is entering its ninth year. The papers selected are among the best presented at that meeting, although they reflect the inevitable variability in writing style and technical detail that characterizes most conferences in this interdisciplinary field.
The emphasis of the collection is on information systems—ones that handle clinical data for patient care, communication, or research. Thus, there is no coverage of engineering applications (such as ECG analysis, image processing,
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