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Books, Journals, New Media
October 22/29, 2003

New Media, Medicine

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(16):2197. doi:10.1001/jama.290.16.2197

There's something comforting about carrying a dog-eared, spiral-bound handbook around the wards to refresh your memory on the specifics of a particular laboratory test when reviewing a patient's chart at 2:00 AM. That said, personal digital assistant (PDA) technology has reached the point that the hardware is small, fast, light, and powerful enough to replace several hefty spiral-bound books.

The software package reviewed here, ABC's of Interpretive Laboratory Data, fourth edition, by SkyScape, is an example of the latest generation of clinical utilities available on PalmOS (3.1 and above) and Windows CE/PocketPC (2.0 and above) platforms. ABC's is an electronic version of the 580-page Bakerman's ABC's of Interpretive Laboratory Data, which is a quick reference for laboratory tests likely to be encountered in a clinical environment.