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Computer Applications in Clinical Practice

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(8):819. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140100081037.
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In the preface of this work, the editor assumes that the reader is not a computer expert, is interested in microcomputer applications, wants to know how they are used in clinical settings solely, and is more interested in an overview rather than a "how to do" text. If one accepts and understands this editorial viewpoint, then the text is very useful; if one wants more than this or is a different type of reader, then the text will not be of much use.

There are nine major divisions, plus an introduction and a resource section. The major divisions encompass bare-bones definitions of hardware/software and allied concerns, specific applications by discipline and function, and considerations that do not fit neatly into these categories.

The 51 pages that quickly and concisely define the world of microcomputers contain just that—quick and concise definitions with little elaboration. The language is straightforward, and although the


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