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Pocket PDR: Medical Book System

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7223.1506a (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1506
  1. Peter R Mills, specialist registrar
  1. Respiratory and General Medicine, Whittington Hospital, London

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    Franklin Electronic Publishers, $149.95

    ISBN 1 56712 410 0

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    It took me some time to work out what a “PDR” is, but, after rummaging through the literature that accompanied this palmtop device, I concluded that it probably stands for “Physicians' Desk Reference”. The Pocket PDR is essentially a personal digital assistant with medical information loaded on to it rather than the standard word processing and spreadsheet capabilities seen on the devices that increasing numbers of doctors wield on the wards on a daily basis. The medical information comes on “smart cards” that can be easily inserted and changed—I was provided …

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