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December 4, 1996

Microscopic Anatomy

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Virginia Richmond

JAMA. 1996;276(21):1764. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540210070043

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Microscopic Anatomy is a CD-ROM— based learning tool developed in conjunction with the University of Florida College of Medicine. The content author is Thomas Hollinger, and the software design is by Richard Rathe and Tim Garren. The preface states that the goal in developing this program is to meet the need for more flexible methods of presenting and studying microscopic anatomy. The authors do indeed provide an alternative to traditional methods for learning histology. However, sloppy editing and images of variable quality detract from the learning experience.

The title page shows 24 icons representing the different "chapters." The first is a 5-minute video, "About the Microscope." Except for one skip in the film, the video is a polished presentation of basic concepts of microscopy. The next icon is "Self Evaluation." This section allows the user to select topics for multiple-choice questions. One can select by cell type and organ system