Netter's Physiology Flash Cards Cards – Aug 5 2009
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They are easy to refer back to now that my class is over. If I need to look a certain concept up, I can see all of the vital information easier and faster than going through all the extra information that a text book provides.
Here's the thing, there are things about the Netter's Anatomy and the Netter's Physiology Flash cards that make them hands down the best, but there are also a lot of problems.
I own the Anatomy cards and just received the Physiology cards today.
The Lymphatic System / Immunity not even touched.
The Blood, not touched.
The Anatomy and the Physiology cards are so hyper-detailed, that you can't get a plain look, they are very good and detailed for most of everything, but much left out in Physiology and organization of cards is terrible. Especially the Anatomy cards. Physiology cards much better organized, but to me, too much focus on obscure and not enough on what's important.
Sure over-detailed can be great, but cards need to have a plain zoomed out view too. I'd love to have a card that showed sort of global view of things too. Show me the arteries of the whole arm, not just zoomed in.
We're working on Lymphatic System now in class. System not even touched in cards. Same for blood, no cards to quiz me on agranular, granular, etc.
So probably the best cards, especially for med students, but like I say in my original below, may be too much for nursing students and not focused on the right stuff.
MY ORIGINAL REVIEW BEFORE MY EDIT ABOVE:
The only way I'd buy the Netter's Physiology cards is if you own the Netter's Anatomy cards already.
In theory, owning both the Netter's Anatomy and the Netter's Physiology Flash cards should be the most complete set over any other brand where they are combined. (Simply more cards total with both sets of Netter's cards.)
Here's some of my complaints about the Netter's cards. Between the 2 sets, there is not a single card that I've found on "The Blood."
Some of the Physiology cards need to be in the Anatomy set and vice versa.
In the Netter Anatomy cards, there is not a single picture on the sections of brain. The only brain pic you get in the Netter Anatomy cards is for vessel anatomy. Vessel anatomy would have been better off in the Physiology set over the anatomy set, but the anatomy set should have brain lobe anatomy.
Now there is a brain pic in the physiology cards under the Endocrine section, but that doesn't help if you're in A&P 1 and only bought the Netter's Anatomy cards. I was in A&P 1 last semester and the Physiology cards hadn't even been released yet. I just received my Physiology cards today and am in A&P 2 this semester.
Another example, the ear Anatomy is in the physiology set, not the Anatomy set. I did special senses in A&P 1, I needed that last semester.
In the Physiology set is a card on Neuromuscular Junction, again needed that in A&P 1, not 2.
Reproduction System looks weak in the Physiology cards, I haven't looked hard though at that yet.
If you still want to buy the Netter cards, you need both sets, because neither set is good enough alone. If you can't afford both, stay away from the Netter cards and look at the Kaplan Anatomy cards. (Friend of mine has Kaplan cards, so I've seen them) The Kaplan cards are organized by system and even though less total cards, I'd have to say more complete.
The organization of the Netter cards is simply horrible. As a set, they are nice cards with some important stuff still missing (The Blood), but apart, I cannot suggest either alone.
What the publisher needs to do is organize these cards in line with a book like Principles of Anatomy & Physiology by Gerard Tortora.
I don't have a problem with a seperate set of cards, again in theory that's more cards and more complete than other combined sets that are out there like Kaplan, but also again, you need the 2 Netter's together because cards that should be in the Anatomy set that you need for 1st Semester of A&P aren't even there, you need the physiology set to get them.