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October 16, 2002

Medical Therapeutics: The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, 30e for PDA

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;288(15):1918. doi:10.1001/jama.288.15.1918-JBK1016-4-1

Since I bought my personal digital assistant (PDA), I've been continuously looking for reference programs offering quick access to diagnostic and therapeutic information. The excellent ePocrates qRx1 provides a drug database, and, with the arrival of the Washington Manual for handheld computer, I expected remaining needs to be met.

When installing any program to the memory-starved PDA, it is essential to know beforehand the size of the database. This information was very difficult to locate with the product, so it took an e-mail to find out. Installation is somewhat confusing: opening screens do not indicate clearly what kind of operating system to follow. Another frustration occurred with registration, which is necessary to run the program. Understandably, the publisher wants protection from piracy, but in this case the complicated procedure goes too far and is an unnecessary encumbrance.