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MR-TOD: Medical Research-Time Oriented Data-base, version 3.01.

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Type: Integrated database management, statistics and graphics program specialized for medical research.
System Requirements: DOS 2.1 or higher; 256K RAM; 5.25 in. or 3.5 in. floppy drive; hard drive. The software occupies about 1.5MB on the hard disk. The next release will support an optional math coprocessor if installed (8087, 2087, or 80387). Monochrome or color graphics are supported but not required.
Language: Compiled BASIC with C and assembly language routines.
Documentation: 250 pages in looseleaf binder with detailed table of contents and glossary, but no index; folded reference card; demonstration disk (requires color/graphics).
Publisher: Retriever Data Systems., 1102 33rd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144: , (206) 324-2203.
Price: $995 for one. An upgrade within 3 months of purchase is free; between 3 and 6 months is $75; and after 6 months costs $125. One major upgrade is scheduled yearly.


Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(2):191. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-111-2-191_2
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MR-TOD is a full function database management system with impressive technical capabilities. It is specialized for the collection, management, analysis, and presentation of data from clinical or basic science research studies. It has several unique features and is integrated with modules for statistical analysis, graphical display, and importing or exporting data in a wide variety of formats. MR-TOD was ported from CLINFO, a minicomputer and mainframe system developed in the 1970s by BBN, a think tank in Cambridge, Massachusetts-which may explain its primary weakness, the outdated user interface. Data from a study are stored in separate databases. There are three

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