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December 19, 1980

Computers in the Practice of Medicine, vol 1: Introduction to Computing Concepts; vol 2: Issues in Medical Computing

JAMA. 1980;244(24):2772. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310240064040

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The increasingly widespread application of computers in the medical environment is a challenge to the physician, as well as to the computer scientist. Physicians knowledgeable in the basics of computer applications in medicine are in a position to influence the direction of computer growth in the medical field. More often than not, the only learning resources available to them have been inappropriate for the background they have received in their medical training. As a result, many physicians have failed to pursue their interest in this field.

This two-volume set presents an introduction to the field of computers in medicine from the point of view of the physician, rather than the computer scientist. Volume 1 is a general introduction to computers, with examples from the practice of medicine. It leads the reader into the material without overwhelming him with "computer jargon" and excessive detail, thereby allowing him to become comfortable with