Simple Personal Multi-Purpose Documentation at a Departmental Level: Literature, Slides, Videotapes, Museum Specimens, etc.
Numerous papers have dealt with the documentation of morphological reports, which is cumbersome, expensive and requires mostly large computers. However, besides morphological diagnoses pathologists are burdened with a lot of comparatively small but hardly less important documentation problems: slides, videotapes and museum specimens for different teaching purposes, retrieval of specimens which have been examined by special methods, e.g. electron microscopy, personal collection of references. Each of these is characterized by a small number of documents and tight connection to one pathologist or only a few members of the staff on the one hand. On the other hand retrieval facilities for these purposes ought to be provided regardless of whether or not a VDU or computer are available. Therefore we decided to develop and run a system which is based on the KWIC algorithm concerning document retrieval. Its data are collected on-line and processed on the department computer, yet it supplies the pathologists with alphabetically printed lists of descriptors which are up to date and can be used everywhere.
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