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Book and New Media Reviews
September 2002

What Is Your Diagnosis at Scanning Magnification and Why?

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by A. Bernard Ackerman, Nidhi Congchitnant, and Ying Guo (CD-ROM), $95, ISBN 1-893357-13-9, New York, NY, Ardor Scribendi, 2000.


Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(9):1261. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.9.1261

Computers and technology are affecting all aspects of medical education. The basic certifying examinations in medicine are now computerized. Simulations exist for teaching manual surgical skill, the auditory art of interpreting heart sounds, and the cognitive skills of algorithmic differential diagnosis and treatment selection in internal medicine.

Due to their visual basis, dermatology and dermatopathology are uniquely suited to the utilization of computerized images for teaching. Exposure to more clinical images and micrographs enhances dermatological understanding and clinical effectiveness. Thousands of digital images can be stored and organized neatly and easily. Thus, a marriage of digital technology and dermatology holds great promise.

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