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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John J. Fino, Jr., BSEE (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive text on the methods of serial communication. It moves from the elements of the RS-232 communication protocol through personal computer interfacing, flow control and data transmission, to actual sample programs for specific medical instrumentation.
Purpose: The purpose is to simplify the task of collecting all the documentation and expertise necessary to connect an IBM-compatible PC to medical instrumentation to control and collect data via their serial ports.
Audience: Students of medicine or computer engineering, researchers, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, and anyone involved in critical care monitoring will find this book of immense value if they find that they need data analysis or archiving beyond that which their stand-alone medical instruments provide.
Features: This book contains considerable documentation on the specifics of serial communication such as control codes and register addresses. A number of related topics such as electrical safety and the statistical analysis and graphing of data are also discussed. Two thirds of the book is dedicated to specific programs for current models of oximeters, syringe pumps, ventilators, and anesthesia monitors, written in Microsoft QuickBASIC 4.5.
Assessment: This compilation will prove to be of great assistance to anyone interested in serial connectivity, especially to one of the 10 pieces of equipment specifically covered in the last section. The subject is completely covered from conceptual basics to actual implementation. The authors have succeeded in condensing the myriad of references, technical manuals, and other information normally necessary to accomplish this often confusing task.