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September 4, 1987

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1987;258(9):1245-1246. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400090129053

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Abstract

"Computer, this is Dr Bones McCoy. What were the signs and symptoms of lymphogranuloma venereum and what was the accepted treatment for this disease in 1987?" It would not surprise us to see Dr McCoy retrieving medical information from a computer in the "Star Trek" television series. This monograph on sexually transmitted diseases and its accompanying floppy disk are a Model-T Ford compared with the computer that Dr McCoy would be using on the SS Enterprise, but they are a first step in that general direction.

The information contained in the 106page booklet is duplicated on an easy-to-use floppy disk for any IBM-compatible computer. A physician who has a computer terminal at his desk could key in a request for information on any of 20 diseases that can be transmitted by sexual activity. These diseases are not limited to the traditional venereal diseases but also include such things as hepatitis

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