A Self-Contained CAI Machine for Health Sciences Education

  • J. A. Starkweather
  • M. Kamp
Part of the Computers in Biology and Medicine book series (CBM)


The use of computer-based education in schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health sciences disciplines has traditionally been carried out with multiple computer terminals connected to a time-sharing computer system (Weinberg, 1973; Wooster and Lewis, 1973; Alpert and Bitzer, 1970). This method was developed to allow sharing of scarce computer resources and requires a complex operating system as well as some form of communication between terminals and computer. Both of these requirements can and do result in operational failures and complex access procedures, but the more efficient use of expensive computer resources has justified the potential difficulty.


Central Processor Direct Access Memory Tape Cassette Small Machine Core Language 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Alpert, D., and Bitzer, D., 1970. Advances in computer-based education, Science 167: 1582.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Brody, H., Lucaccini, L., Kamp, M., and Rozen, R., 1973. Computer based simulated patient for teaching history-taking, J. Den. Educ. 37(8): 27.Google Scholar
  3. Kamp, M., and Burnside, I., 1974. Computer-assisted learning in graduate psychiatric nursing, J. Nurs. Educ. 13(4): 18.Google Scholar
  4. Kamp, M., and Starkweather, J., 1973. A return to a dedicated machine for computer-assisted instruction, Comput. Biol. Med. 3(3): 293.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Starkweather, J., 1969. A common language for a variety of programming needs, in R. Atkinson and H. Wilson (Eds.), Computer Assisted Instruction — A Book of Readings, pp. 269–304, Academic Press, New York.Google Scholar
  6. Starkweather, J., and Kamp, M., 1976. PILOT for the Datapoint 2200 and 1100, available from the Computer Center, University of California, San Francisco.Google Scholar
  7. Starkweather, J., Kamp, M., and Monto, A., 1967. Psychiatric Interview Simulation by Computer, Me thods of Information in Medicine 6(1): 15.Google Scholar
  8. Weinberg, A., 1973. CAI at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Comput. Biol Med. 3(3): 299.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Wooster, H., and Lewis, J., 1973. Distribution of computer-assisted instructional materials in biomedicine through the Lister Hill Experimental Network, Comp. Biol. Med. 3(3): 319.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Vacroux, A., 1975. Microcomputers, Sci. Am. 232(5): 32.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Starkweather
    • 1
  • M. Kamp
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Scientific Computing ServicesUniversity of California School of MedicineSan FranciscoUSA

Personalised recommendations