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February 12, 1997

Quam Artem Exerceas?

Author Affiliations

Ford Motor Company Dearborn, Mich

JAMA. 1997;277(6):501-502. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540300069041

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Before I begin the actual review of this software, some explanation: Hypertext (see above) refers to any text which contains words or phrases that can be selected by the reader thereby causing another document to be displayed. The author, who teaches occupational medicine in two Italian universities, has been developing hypertexts in this field as learning tools since 1988. The phrase "Quam artem excerceas?"—What do you do for a living?"—is attributed to Bernardino Ramazzini (1633-1714), considered the father of occupational medicine.

The software program is described by the editor as "an examination of the life and work of [Bernardino Ramazzini] that situates his accomplishments within the historical context of 17th and 18th century Europe. The author emphasizes the economic, industrial, and cultural changes during this period and their impact on Ramazzini's discoveries in the field of occupational medicine." Actually, it is a creative tool for the person who relies heavily