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Book and Software Review
April 2001

Principles and Practice of Ophthalmology: Clinical Practice CD-ROM, 2nd ed

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edited by Daniel M. Albert, MD, MS, and Frederick A. Jakobiec, MD, DSc, $950, ISBN 0-7216-8614-1, St Louis, Mo, WB Saunders Co, 2000.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(4):628-629. doi:

The CD-ROM version of Albert and Jacobeic's book contains the same information as the textbooks, but in a smaller, more versatile format. I will confine my comments to the software and the presentation rather than the content of the material.

The great advantage of the single CD is its compactness. With the new laptops, one can carry the computer and the CD, with less weight and bulk than 1 of the books! The quality of the illustrations and color photos are excellent, limited only by the resolution of the monitor, and they can generally be enlarged for more comfortable viewing. A pop-up program included with the CD allows the user to place a hyperlink to reader-generated notes at the bottom of any page of text. The astute reader will want to read the low-vision section, particularly the chapter on magnification, before using this notes function, as the font for this application is almost impossibly small.

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