More mobile medical textbooks

Todd Vandenbark

As reported recently in the iMedicalApps blog, two more titles have joined the ranks of mobile-friendly medical texts. Software developer MedHand has created iPhone and iPad-friendly versions of McGraw-Hill’s Clinical Anesthesiology ($79.99) and Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Family Medicine ($74.99).

As mentioned in a previous post, having medical texts on a 1-2 pound device is a physical relief for students and others who need to carry these books around. But like their print counterparts, you need to pay for each new edition that comes out.

Unlike its print version, you can use your mobile computing power to search the textbook, and even place electronic bookmarks on its pages. And its “History” feature tracks what pages you’ve read, making it easy to refer back to previous information.

The Eccles Health Sciences Library offers eBook versions of both Clinical Anesthesiology and Current Diagnosis… through a subscription with Access Medicine. Up to three simultaneous users can consult these texts, and can print, email, or download sections or chapters for later reading.

Have you bought a mobile medical text? How does the experience compare to reading it online, or in hard copy? Tell us!