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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ronald P. Jensh, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Thomas Jefferson University)
Description: This is a series of about 200 histology flash cards containing photographs and illustrations on one side and associated labels and descriptions including clinical associations on the other.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide students with review material for identifying various histological items from both photographs and illustrations, the latter from the highly renowned Netter collection. Although considered low tech by many, flash cards are an extremely effective educational tool and these high quality cards provide an excellent source for students to learn this subject.
Audience: The set of cards is useful for learning and reviewing the content of any histology course presented as an upper division college or a medical/graduate school course. In addition, it would provide a quick method for reviewing for step 1 of the national boards, as well as reviews for pathology (for normal comparison) and for students in the clinical years of medical college, as well as residents. In short, this would be an excellent and efficient way for students to study and review histologic subject matter at any level of their education.
Features: The flash cards effectively cover all aspects of histology. They are presented in the traditional chapter format of the majority of textbooks on the subject. The photographs are color corrected and sized appropriately. The Netter illustrations are excellent and the authors often correlate the color drawings with the associated photographs primarily by dual labeling, an excellent technique. Labeling is clear and the associated comments and descriptions are concise and complete. Each card also has a clinical condition associated with the material presented on that card.
Assessment: Flash cards have been used throughout educational history as an effective learning methodology. In most instances, material has been generated by the student. Few publishers have produced flash card sets for upper levels of education, particularly in the last several decades. Most recently, flash card techniques have been adapted for computers, but that is not always the most practical or best use of CAI. These low-tech flash cards are easy to use, can be taken anywhere, and, in general, provide a highly effective method for learning the material; more so, in my opinion, than being on a computer. Students can review quickly, at their own pace, anytime, anywhere, with a minimum of effort and equipment. The cards can also be used as a basis for group study and review. The authors have taken a well known and effective educational tool and created a high quality product that also can be used with the associated textbook.