by: Alexander Chamessian, MS2
Lippincott’s Illustrated Review of Neuroscience is a recent offering in this highly regarded series of review books.
It fills a gap in the current library of resources available to those learning neuroscience for medical school, acting as a bridge between full textbook and bullet-pointed review book.
So far, I have been very impressed with the quality and presentation of the content. I wish I had this book when I was learning neuroscience the first time around, but I’m glad that I can brush up on the subject with this new Lippincott title.
In this review, I will discuss how Lippincott’s Illustrated Review of Neuroscience has been transformed by the Inkling app.
One of the first things I look for in digital textbooks is the quality of the images and text. As is the case with all other Inkling textbooks, LIRN hits the mark with brilliant illustrations and bright, clean, crisp text. All illustrations can be expanded and isolated by clicking on them, which enables closer study of the figures than is possible with a paper textbook.
Many of the images in the Lippincott Series are stepwise and have multiple caption bubbles inside each figure, which can sometimes make the figure overall seem quite busy and distracting. But not with Inkling. Figures that have multiple stepwise captions are made less busy by showing the reader each caption one at a time. With a click of the ‘advance’ arrow, Inkling takes you to the next step and pans in on the image to show you the relevant area. This is a much needed feature that helps me really make sense of the figures.
Another innovative feature is the integration of animated videos into the text. For some concepts, it’s so helpful, even necessary, to see the words brought to life by an animation. That’s especially true in neuroscience, where seeing how an action potential is generated or how a neural pathway is set up really illuminates one’s understanding. The animations in this books are colorful, engaging, functional and appropriately placed. I think they are a real boon to this title.
After reading, it’s always a good idea to do some questions to assess and solidify. In the Inkling version of LIRN, each chapter comes with an end-of-chapter quiz. The interface is clear and easy to use. No need to flip to the back of the book to see the answers. Answers are displayed when an answer choice is selected, making the whole process more streamlined.
Navigation through all these chapters and other features is intuitive. At any time, you can display a table of contents on the left side of the screen and jump around the text. Moreover, there are ample jump-links integrated in the text so that if a concept from a previous chapter is referenced, readers can quickly move there to jog their memories.
I have no real negative things to say about LINR on Inkling. Time will tell whether the content of the book is well received by students, but right now, what content is there is greatly enhanced by the way Inkling presents it all. I’m very pleased and would recommend this to my classmates.
- Stunning images
- Clear, crisp text that’s better than the book
- Useful animations that complement points in the text
- Jump links scattered throughout the text
- Clinical applications
- Study quizzes at the end of chapter
- Stepwise presentation of figures with captions
- Difficult to navigate to specific sections within chapters
- Lippincott’s Illustrated Review of Neuroscience (LINR) is a concise, well-written review text that is sure to please medical students
- Inkling transforms the excellent content of LINR into a dynamic and pleasurable reading experience
- Seamlessly integrated illustrations and video enhance the text greatly
- End-of-chapter questions are delivered in a user-friendly multiple-choice test framework
- Medical students and other health professional students will find LINR on Inkling an invaluable resource that is well worth the cost