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ActivEpi Interactive CD-ROM by David O. Kleinbaum (Springer-Verlag) Systems Requirements: ActivEpi  runs on both Macintosh and Windows® computers. Macintosh: System 8.1 or better, 68040/25 MHz or any PowerMac 8 MB of free RAM, Monitor: 800 x 600 w/ 256 colors Double speed CD-ROM drive QuickTime 3.0 or better. Windows: Windows 98/00/NT/XP Pentium or better, 32 MB of RAM or better Monitor: 800 x 600 w/ 256 colors Double speed CD-ROM drive QuickTime 3.0 or better Sound card, 8-bit or better.

This is a very pleasant way to study and learn the basics of epidemiological research and the fundamental concepts of statistical analysis. Kleinbaum has produced the first multimedia text teaching epidemiology. It is full of state-of-the-art pedagogical procedures seamlessly integrated into a multimedia format that covers the material commonly found in an introductory epidemiology course. ActivEpi includes over 6,000 pages of reference material keyed to 15 lessons and over 50 hours of audiovideo clips. The videos vividly illustrate the practical applications of epidemiological research. More outstanding are the carefully narrated and illustrated visual clips that coordinates visual and auditory learning styles. Each section has quizzes and reviews of the material to reinforce learning key concepts. The statistical problems are interactive and carefully selected so that immediate learning of skills and procedures is encouraged (and immediate repetition of some section if not understood). Also a data desk is provided for practice applying methods learned to real data. The navigational tools include fully interactive resources such as dynamic table of contents, index and glossary that allows plenty of ways to approach review of key concepts. The author also has a website that provides updated files and examples. ActivEpi is likely to become the preferred approach to introducing epidemiology and definitely a supplementary text.


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