‘A picture’s worth a thousand words’ is often quoted. Multimedia files are particularly useful where you may not have access to laboratories to undertake practical work in person, for example.

Your web browser can display charts and photos, but often additional plugin software, such as Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Java, Windows Media Player or Quicktime may be needed to manage specialist documents, sound or video files. Use the links above to download the plugins if you computer does not already have them.

Multimedia files may be large in size, and broadband internet access is recommended when using them, rather than modem access. Here are some examples of useful medical multimedia files:

1. The Auscultation Assistant
This provides heart sounds, heart murmurs, and breath sounds in order to help health care students and others improve their physical diagnosis skills. The audio files in this site are .au and .wav formats and should play on a standard PC with sound card and speakers.

2. A Practical Guide to Clinical Medicine
A comprehensive physical examination and clinical education site for medical students and other health care professionals. Text and images, normal browser only required.

3. Assessment of the Sleepy Patient – A Virtual Clinic Program
Concentrates on issues pertinent to primary care. Slides, audio and animation with a virtual patient, case discussions and resource selection included. Uses the Flash plugin with your browser.

4. Medical Rounds
Medical Rounds webcasts presentations and conferences for many contributing medical groups. All talks are originally presented at recognized quality grand rounds or professional educational meetings. Quicktime is required to view these files in addition to your web browser.