Dermatopathology Interactive Atlas by Jag Bhawan, Purnima Sau, H. Randolph Byers, a CD-ROM providing access to images and information stored at http://www.skinpathlab.com, Boston, Mass, $249, 2001. Lampyris 101 by R. Gianotti and Heinz H. Kutzner, a CD-ROM providing access to images and information stored at http://www.lampyris101.com, Milan, Italy, $412, 2001.
We decided to review and contrast both of these CD-ROMs together from the view of a senior dermatology resident about to take the certifying examination of the American Board of Dermatology and a dermatopathologist with 20 years of experience. Both programs boast of over 5000 images. Lampyris has only histologic photographs of inflammatory conditions, while Interactive Atlas has clinical and histologic photographs of both tumors and nontumors. Lampyris allows users to add and delete their own lists of patterns, subpatterns, and photographs, while Interactive Atlas does not allow changing of parameters. Lampyris is more interactive, although Interactive Atlas does have a test feature by which users can quiz themselves by viewing unlabeled images.
Rapini RP, Miller KL. Dermatopathology Interactive Atlas Lampyris 101. Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(1):107-108. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.1.107-a