Description: This is the eighth edition of Hurst's The Heart on CD-ROM, a comprehensive review of all areas of cardiology by experts in those areas.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an extensive review of all cardiovascular problems from evaluation and treatment of patients to the economic and legal issues involved. With this CD-ROM, the editors meet all their objectives; this format also make access to different areas of the text enormously simple.
Audience: The textbook on which this CD-ROM is based is a resource for all cardiology specialists and is must reading for all fellows in training. It is also a good source of material for medical students and medical residents. The editors are the authorities in cardiology.
Features: The entire textbook, some 2600 pages, is mounted on this CD-ROM. In addition, there are audio sections on heart sounds, and there is a 700-question test with answers provided. The text itself has hyperlinks to other chapters which are easy to access with a click. There is an excellent hyperlink option which allows readers to access the original article by clicking on the reference; this connects directly with the Library of Medicine, providing the user has a modem. There is an excellent search option which allows users to look up topics; a fuzzy spelling option is also included, which will give words that are close to whatever the user is looking for. Graphs and illustrations are out of the textbook and can be cut and pasted to other indications. All pieces of the text can be printed. There is a page size adjustment. There is an option for bookmarks so that the reader can quickly return to frequently viewed sections and chapters.
Assessment: The great importance of the CD-ROM is that it allows instant and easy access to sections and allows for searches. The pretest is excellent; the heart sounds are good. Overall, this is a good quality product of an excellent standard text in cardiology.