Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
The comparison of the book version of Stereoscopic Atlas of Macular Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment by J. Donald Gass (originally reviewed in JAMA, May 7, 1997) with its CD-ROM counterpart provides the opportunity to answer the question of whether a medical publisher is in the printing business or in the information delivery business. The answer is both.1 Currently, it is difficult to compete with the qualities of a printed book, but as computers and programs become more user friendly, this will change. Books and CD-ROMs are mobile, lightweight, easy to use, and have high contrast display; unfortunately CD-ROMs require a computer. To its advantage, a CD-ROM can be easily updated and replaced.
Ophthalmology: Stereoscopic Atlas of Macular Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment. JAMA. 1999;281(16):1548. doi:10.1001/jama.281.16.1548-JBK0428-4-1
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