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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This CD-ROM of Netter's Orthopaedics is fundamentally an electronic version of the book. The CD allows quick reference and easy navigation as well as printing of a text page, but does not allow isolating or saving the Netter figures. This should probably be included in the informational materials so purchasers know what they are getting.
Purpose: The purpose, as noted, is to provide the book in an electronic format. I think we all love Netter's work and grew up with it in medical school. The figures are beautiful and the text complementary. This product certainly serves the role of providing this material in an electronic format for those who prefer it.
Audience: The target audience includes any student or practitioner of the musculoskeletal system. The CD-ROM provides foundational information for primary care physicians and students, but it also would take an honored place in the library of orthopedic surgeons. I would consider making it the standard orthopedic reference for medical students on the orthopedic service. Dr. Green has done an admirable job of staying true to Netter's work and surrounding the figures with up-to-date text.
Features: Clearly the best features of the offering are Netter's figures. The CD format provides quick access and quick reference with flexible navigation tools. Users should be aware that this is fundamentally an electronic book and it does not offer the opportunity to download the Netter figures independently. Since many books offer the CD as a bonus, I was surprised that this was not the case with this book.
Assessment: If you love Netter and you have progressed to electronic delivery of educational material, then this is a good option for you. I have both the book and the CD and find they complement each other nicely.