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Books, Journals, New Media
September 15, 2004


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. 2004;292(11):1377. doi:10.1001/jama.292.11.1377-a

Campbell's Techniques in Operative Orthopaedics has traditionally been regarded as the reference textbook of choice for orthopedic residents and practicing surgeons interested in operative treatment of orthopedic pathologies. The recent release of the personal digital assistant (PDA) version of this rich textbook promises to provide surgeons with a comprehensive, portable, and easily accessible source of information.

The PDA version consists of six CD-ROMs. It is compatible with most common operating platforms, including Palm OS, Pocket PC, Windows CE, and Casio BE-300 and can be operated through both PC and Macintosh operating systems. I used the Palm OS to review a full operating version of this PDA book. The book is operated using Mobipocket software, which is downloadable via the Internet. There are multiple steps involved in downloading this fastidious software, and I found the instructions somewhat confusing and vague. The CD-ROMs come with a "Quick Reference Guide," which I found to be just that! The guide lacks the detail necessary to troubleshoot the problems that I encountered during downloading and navigation of the book. However, the toll-free technical support was friendly, informative, and professional, which made the troubleshooting painless.