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The electronic explosion has resulted in a large number of medically oriented materials appearing for home computer use. Major medical book publishers have joined the rush to this market. Mosby's Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine on CD-ROM, subtitled "your single source reference library," attempts to fill the gap between the dated material in current textbooks and up-to-date journal information. This CD-ROM contains the complete text and most of the graphs and charts from Pulmonary and Critical Care Loose-leaf, Year Book of Pulmonary Medicine (1993, 1994, 1995), Year Book of Critical Care Medicine (1993, 1994, 1995), and Current Pulmonology (volumes 14,15,16). The major advantage of this format over print is the ability to quickly search the material in a variety of ways to retrieve and organize the information in a userdefined way. The search engine is intuitive and rapid. Highlighting, custom bookmarks, and a reader-created note file linked to the
Durbin CG. Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine on CD-ROM. JAMA. 1997;277(11):937. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540350087044