As videotapes saturate the home entertainment market, they're also making a niche for themselves in some pediatricians' offices.
"For years and years when I was doing this I couldn't get anyone to listen to me," said Bob Lanier, M.D., FAAP, a pediatrician in Forth Worth, Texas, who has been using videotapes in practice for more than 15 years.
He said he first started using videotapes in the late 1960s at Brooks Army Air Force Base.
For example, he and his colleagues tried to schedule visits for three-month follow-up exams on the same day, so they could show tapes in the waiting room that answered questions on development or problems associated with that age group. They interspersed those videotapes with ones that covered topics such as poison prevention.