Educational CD-ROMs available at retail stores

The following patient-oriented, health-related CD-ROMs can all be purchased at retail computer stores for less than $100:

* A.D.A.M.: The Inside Story, from A.D.A.M. Software.

This CD-ROM explains how the body works. It also includes segments on how a fetus develops in the womb and how to do the Heimlich maneuver.

* 3-D Body Adventure, from Knowledge Adventure.

This resource provides a three-dimensional view of several body parts. It also makes learning interesting by taking viewers through the heart and the lungs rather than simply showing the organs.

* HealthSoft Complete Guide to Symptoms, Illness and Surgery, from Great Bear Technology.

These graphics show surgical procedures and help users identify diseases associated with symptoms and vice versa.

* Mayo Clinic Family Health Book: The Ultimate Interactive Guide to Health, from IVI Publishing.

This disk explains diseases, illustrates procedures such as angioplasty, explains anatomy, and provides first aid and safety tips.

* PharmAssist, from Software Marketing.

This CD-ROM has information on drugs, ranging from allergy pills to pain-killers. It includes a drug interaction section that lists possible complications from combining certain medications.

* The Family Doctor, from Creative Multimedia.

This disk provides answers to the 2,300 most commonly asked questions on more than 280 conditions. Video clips, animation, and audio embellish the answers. *