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A little under the weather? Computer will see you now

The Clinical Computer is a doctor on your desk, an infinitely patient one who will listen to you for hours.

The program interviews you, asking as many as 175 health-related questions. The first questions are demographic; that is, name, age and sex. The succeeding questions are in the categories of heredity, or family health history; environment and life style; occupation; past medical history; dietary supplements; nutrition; signs and symptoms; male-female issues, and stress analysis.

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After all the questions are answered, a process that could well stretch over days, the program produces an evaluation, which may take 10 to 15 minutes on older, slower computers.

The evaluation is a report of about 40 pages. The main section, "specific illness reports," goes over the serious illnesses for which there are known risk factors and gives advice on reducing those risks.

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The Clinical Computer, a product of Eubionics of Santa Monica, Calif., is $49.95. It requires 512 kilobytes of memory, a hard drive with two megabytes of space and DOS 3.0 or later.

The telephone number for orders is (800) 942-4077.


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