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May 7, 1997

Interactive Ambulatory Medicine (with Stedman's Medical Dictionary and Drug Information Handbook)

Author Affiliations

Grafton, ND

JAMA. 1997;277(17):1414. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540410092047

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As a generalist I am constantly looking for CD-ROM programs that could provide immediate and comprehensive information on a patient sitting in the examining room. However, one does not usually have time to change disks among different specialties, and few of us have multiple disk changers. The CD-ROM Interactive Ambulatory Medicine approaches the ideal: it contains a textbook, a drug information database, and, as a bonus, a medical dictionary.

Installing the program is easy and straightforward. However, some finetuning is lacking, eg, a window positioned off center, causing slight temporary problems. The manual is only 13 pages, but with some knowledge of computers, without consulting the manual, one can start using the program by trial and error and be up and running within a few minutes. For added features, which many of us may seldom need, there is a detailed manual in the disk. A simple word or phrase