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Book Review
July 1999

Evaluation of the Sexually Abused Child: Interactive Case Studies, Photo Atlas, and Readings

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edited by David Muram, John T. Silver, Astrid H. Heger, S. Jean Emans, $195 Single User, $395 Multiple Users, CD-ROM, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1998. (Minimum System Requirements: Macintosh computer with 68030 processor or better or Power Macintosh, system 7.1 or later; double-speed CD-ROM drive; 5 MB RAM; 13-in color monitor.)

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999;153(7):776. doi:10.1001/archpedi.153.7.776

Reviewing a CD-ROM presents a new challenge for a busy reviewer. Books are portable—they travel on planes, to the gym, and to the beach. Reviewing a CD-ROM requires the allocation of a chunk of time at a computer to review the material. The breadth and variety of information that can be presented in this medium far exceeds the capabilities of most textbooks.

Evaluation of the Sexually Abused Child consists of a comprehensive series of interactive case studies, a photograph atlas, and a book on the sexual abuse of children. The material is divided into 4 sections. The first section includes the book Evaluation of the Sexually Abused Child: A Medical Textbook and Photographic Atlas, edited by Heger and Emans and first published in 1992. This book is scholarly and comprehensive and is an essential part of any library of books related to child abuse. It is difficult to imagine anyone reading large sections of the book on the computer screen, but sections can be printed for easier reading.

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