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The Videodisc Encyclopedia of Medical Images

Christine Chastain-Warheit, MLS; Bernadine Z. Paulshock, MD
JAMA. 1993;270(3):386-387. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510030110051.
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How many file drawers would it take to hold 12 440 35-mm slides? And how should they be indexed for quick access and culled for a particular learning experience?

Films for the Humanities & Sciences has put together a videodisk encyclopedia of medical images, "a comprehensive medical resource for research, teaching and self-directed learning." The images are of uniformly high quality; what you see is what you're supposed to see.

The images are arranged according to the International Classificaton of Diseases, 9th edition (ICD-9), by chapter, from "Infectious and Parasitic Disease" through "External Causes of Injuries and Poisonings." There are even a few historical images, such as Fleming's culture plate. And there is one lovely image of a primrose, Primula obconica, in full bloom; apparently it's a very allergenic plant. Anyone who wants to see what chickenpox looks like, or smallpox, leprosy, lupus, or orf can find excellent illustrations. The


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