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Wassef M, et al. ($149.00.) Springer-Verlag, 1998. ISBN 3 540 14654 7
This CD ROM of stomatology-ENT is a reference image database of the field of ENT. It is in English and in French. It contains macroscopical and histolopathological pictures of the main lesions in the field of oral pathology and ear, nose, and throat pathology. Clinical, radiological, cytological, immunohistochemical, or ultrastrucural pictures of some of these lesions are present. Indeed, this CD ROM contains a large number of pictures of most lesions in this area. The images of interest are very easy to find using a list or keyword driven search. The quality of the photographs is variable; most of them are sharp, but others are not always focused or are very dark. The data sheet contains all relevant information about the picture but this information is often scanty. However, additional information about different lesions is supplied by separate text slides.
There are three fields containing a selection, image, and database window. It is a nuisance that the database window stays on the screen when another program (such as Word or PowerPoint) is used. The program is easy to use and it is very easy to copy the pictures to PowerPoint slides for use in presentations. In addition, they can be copied to a photo editor (such as Photoshop) so that the pictures can be edited.
In conclusion, this CD ROM contains a wealth of photographic material, which can be used for diagnostic or educational purposes. The layout, however, could be improved.