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Interactive skeleton.
  1. Bruce Thompson
  1. General practitioner Lurgan, Northern Ireland

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    Sports and kinetic edition. P Abrahams, J Anderson, D Field. (Technical information: PC, Pentium processor, 16 MB Ram 16 bit or Hi Colour display; Windows 95,98 NT4.0; MAC, Powermac or better processor; 6 MB free Ram; thousands of color display; Mac OS 7.1 or higher. $99.) Primal Pictures Ltd (www.primalpictures.com). ISBN 1-902470-07-9.

    I found that this disc was easy to load—my Pentium 233 64 MB RAM achieved it automatically with no obvious help from myself. Initial browsing was fun; the graphics were clear and the instructions concise. With no difficulty I could locate bones and muscle attachments while reading the relevant text alongside the images. Rotating the image and zooming up and down the body was no sweat, even for a 37 year old barely literate novice. There were a number of nice features such as images of anatomical dissections or x ray photographs that could be enlarged and labelled at will. The spoken dialogue was, however, rather basic. The search facility was also poor, searches for sacroiliac joint, sinus tarsi, and subacromial bursa all drawing blanks.

    Did I like it and would I buy it? Personally, I prefer to refer to good old fashioned textbooks and to visualise anatomy from a real life skeleton, and hence would not invest. I was impressed by some of the imagery and tools. The ability to take an image and transfer it to a PowerPoint slide was most useful. My lasting impression was one of a gimmick that was fun, but when push comes to shove, my colour atlas would be my first choice. I'm certain that students of anatomy—whether medical, physiotherapy, or sports science—would find it of use, especially the quiz facility.

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