LaserVision 12-inch CAV disk with catalogue and interactive SlideShow software on 4 high-density diskettes (5.25- or 3.5-inch); requirements: video-disk player and television monitor and IBM-PC XT/ AT/386 or PS/2 or 100% compatible with hard drive running DOS 3.0 or greater, five MB hard drive; compatible with Microsoft mouse; documentation: 187-pp printed index to images by chapter and subject, 10-pp installation booklet, $795, Princeton, NJ, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1992.
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How many file drawers would it take to hold 12 440 35-mm slides? And how should they be indexed for quick access and culled for a particular learning experience?
Films for the Humanities & Sciences has put together a videodisk encyclopedia of medical images, "a comprehensive medical resource for research, teaching and self-directed learning." The images are of uniformly high quality; what you see is what you're supposed to see.
The images are arranged according to the International Classificaton of Diseases, 9th edition (ICD-9), by chapter, from "Infectious and Parasitic Disease" through "External Causes of Injuries and Poisonings." There are even a few historical images, such as Fleming's culture plate. And there is one lovely image of a primrose, Primula obconica, in full bloom; apparently it's a very allergenic plant. Anyone who wants to see what chickenpox looks like, or smallpox, leprosy, lupus, or orf can find excellent illustrations. The
Chastain-Warheit C, Paulshock BZ. The Videodisc Encyclopedia of Medical Images. JAMA. 1993;270(3):386-387. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510030110051