April 16, 1997

Interactive Skeleton, ver 1.1

Author Affiliations

Orlando Regional Healthcare System Orlando, Fla


by Peter Abrahams, one CD-ROM, requirements: IBM or compatible PC, 486DX, 8 MB RAM, 640x480 VGA 256-color or more display, CD-ROM drive, sound card, Microsoft Windows at least 3.0; documentation: 13-pp user's guide; $59.95, St. Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1996.

JAMA. 1997;277(15):1250. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540390080047

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This is an innovative compact disc presentation of the skeletal system, which presents a three-dimensional skeletal model in clear topographical detail. One can navigate the model in all directions and then focus on specific areas or bones. Distinguishing this system from standard textbook approaches to skeletal anatomy are a self-test facility, photographic dissections, and voice annotations. Supplementary data and comments of Professor Abrahams make it as though one had an expert instructor along while visualizing the skeleton and muscle attachments.

The test parts of this excellent program are generally divided into "Name the Structure" and "Find the Structure" modes. When asked to find a particular structure, such as the insertion of the patellar tendon, one can rotate the image of the knee to obtain the best view. Similarly, when answering the "Name the Structure" question, one can rotate the image, but in the process the particular highlighted area in question