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I applaud Drs Rigel and Rosenthal for their dedication to the advancement of computers in dermatology and their editorship of this compendium. Computer enthusiasts will want to read the entire volume, but most dermatologists will be interested in only a few sections. I recommend the sections on "Medical Office Computer Systems: The Selection Process," and "Data Security in Medical Computer Systems" to those contemplating the plunge into office systems.
"Computer-Assisted Medical Literature Searching" is the title of an excellent review. It is also an idea whose time has come. A computer can be to memory what a microscope is to vision. Computerassisted retrieval is an essential part of modern medical practice. Training directors take note.
Currently, the most important use of computers in medicine is for databases. The section on this topic was written from the perspective of a microcomputer user who promotes a product called dBase III. However, as
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