May 21, 1997

Diabetes and the Eye

Author Affiliations

Bi-County Community Hospital Warren, Mich
Detroit, Mich


by Hamish M. A. Towler, Julian A. Patterson, and Susan Lightman, 1 CD-ROM, requirements: 486 series PC with 4MB RAM, double speed CD-ROM drive, mouse, SVGA screen capable of displaying 640×480 pixels, 65 000 color display (256 color displays chosen from larger palettes can also be supported), 75MB hard disk space, MS Windows 3.1 or later, $95 American Academy of Ophthalmology members, $115 nonmembers, ISBN 0-7279-0935-5, London, England, BMJ Publishing Group, San Francisco, Calif, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1996.

JAMA. 1997;277(19):1565. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540430077042

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Over the past few years we have seen a proliferation of medical titles produced on CD-ROM for use on personal computers. Brochures seem to arrive daily announcing the latest book or journal that has been updated for the computer age. But, despite the hoopla surrounding CD-ROMs, we have generally been disappointed with most of these improved versions. After that fleeting moment when we slip the disc into our computer and fool ourselves into believing that we are on the cutting edge, we discover that the only difference between the book and the CD-ROM is the amount of space taken up on the bookshelf. To our surprise, Diabetes and the Eye by the publishers of the British Medical Journal, is a refreshing change from the usual text-driven CD-ROMs.

Other CDs that we have had the opportunity to use have either been simple word-for-word text transfers to disc (Scientific American's SAM-CD)