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Nice, pretty pictures but Poor Content
on October 22, 2011
Cards are shiny and sturdy with holes in the upper left corner and come with a ring. They include clinically relevant information.
The cards themselves are aesthetically great.
a.) The back of the cards: Very low yield in the sense that there are maybe ~2 concepts per slide and lots of trivial information. I found the back very unhelpful! They DID NOT tell me what I needed to know for histology. If you want good content, I highly recommend Lange's flash cards, which I found out about only after I already bought Netter's.
b.) I had a lab portion on my exams so needed to make sure I could identify structures on both light microscopy and EM. When you look at these flashcards, they have diagrams/illustrations that show idealized views and that's the problem: They're idealized. Disregarding the back of the flash cards which I found completely unhelpful, the idealized views may help you learn the basics. In my case, however, the front of the cards detracted from my ability to learn how to identify structures in real life and on lab exams. I would look at a flashcard and immediately be able to identify the cell type/structure/etc. from the diagram they gave, but it did not help with real life. At least on the cards I saw, even if there was a micrograph/photo on the card, there were diagrams with it, and since your eyes jump immediately go to the idealized diagrams, you can easily identify what you are looking at. If anyone has had a different experience with this, then please comment. I am just sharing mine. The front was too idealized, and the poor content in the back disappointed me highly.
If you want very pretty cards, Netter's is for you. If content's important, then I recommend Lange's. I really wish I could give these cards a 3 because Dr. Netter's artwork (illustrations, not actual photos) are great, but these cards were a waste of my money. Sadly, I could never use them.