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May 1994

Computer Applications in Dermatology

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(5):669-670. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690050139031

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Computer Applications in Dermatology is a short book devoted to discussing the uses of computers in dermatology. The book was clearly a labor of love for the author and contains contributions by 25 others. The book consists of 16 chapters that can be reasonably divided into six introductory chapters about computers and computer technology, with the remaining 10 chapters devoted specifically to computers in dermatology.

The first section discusses basic hardware, including IBMcompatible personal computers and Apple's Macintosh computer line, the basics of disk operating systems, common computer problems, and networking. The style of the book is low-key and somewhat flippant and not properly directed at any group of readers. For the computer novice, not enough detail is given to make the text understandable. For the computer enthusiasts, the amount of information is woefully inadequate and dated. The topics covered are heavily biased toward IBM-compatible personal comput- ers and leave

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