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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David W. Brzezinski, MD (University of Michigan Medical School)
Description: This set of 4" x 6" flashcards of regional anatomy is essentially a compilation of plates from Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy, 4th edition (Elsevier, 2006) meant to succinctly summarize human anatomy for students. The first edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to supplement anatomy textbooks or atlases. After students have studied a certain region of human anatomy, these flashcards allow them to further master the material. Such a resource is definitely needed in a discipline as complicated and visually driven as anatomy. The flashcards are an astounding asset for studying.
Audience: This resource will likely be used by students in all areas of the healthcare professions. Netter's atlases are used by many students, and it is likely that students using his other texts will want to purchase these. They are a phenomenal way to review important material.
Features: The anatomy of the entire human body is covered, and the cards show a numbered image on one side, with a corresponding labeled key on the reverse. The labeled side also contains a concise description of the pertinent anatomy as well as useful clinical information, where applicable. Anyone who has attempted to master the medical sciences knows how important and useful flashcards can be. Not only can students test their knowledge, they can also learn relevant details unavailable in standard atlases. The cards are easy to read and the images are well chosen and very crisp. They are large enough to reveal important details, but are small enough to put in one's book bag for study virtually anywhere. The anatomic descriptions are concise and high-yield. One could only hope that future editions will have thicker lamination on the cards since it seems that these will enjoy much use!
Assessment: These useful flashcards will undoubtedly help thousands of eager learners. They are of the highest quality and very practical. Not only will they help students during their courses, they will also help them review for the national boards. They would supplement any text or atlas that the student uses. I only wish these had been available when I was a medical student.