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June 4, 1997

Anatomy of Nerves and Muscles

Author Affiliations

Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine Portland

JAMA. 1997;277(21):1735. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540450091048

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New Media


The age of the multimedia hypertext book has arrived. Anatomy of Nerves and Muscles is an interactive CD-ROM focused on the detailed anatomy of peripheral nerves and muscles. The CD is produced by GREMI, a nonprofit medical research and education unit composed of neurologists and their research team whose purpose is to develop multimedia projects. Anatomy of Nerves and Muscles offers a user-friendly guided tour through 2000 drawings, muscle animations, and text descriptions. It traces nerves from their root origins to their end organs and supplements the muscle illustrations with animated representations of the motions they summon.

Several features give Anatomy of Nerves and Muscles the potential to be a more immediately useful learning tool than the traditional textbook: the narration, which points out special details and teaches correct pronunciation, the interactive ability to backtrack along with the narrator (how easily can the student do this in