School of Medicine scientists develop iBooks for medical classes

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From the WUSTL Newsroom…

Professors in the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed multimedia medical books for teaching, with high-resolution slides that illustrate microscopic anatomy so precisely, it’s like looking through a microscope.

Unlike most other digital textbooks, these were created specifically as iBooks with distinctive educational features such as narrated virtual slide-viewing tutorials, integrated self-quizzes and links to online resources that save readers from having to log in to other sites. The books’ high-tech capabilities have captured the interest of education specialists at Apple, said co-author Krikor Dikranian, MD, PhD, a professor of anatomy.

Inspired to create a stronger connection between traditional medical courses and students accustomed to all things digital, Dikranian and co-author Paul Bridgman, PhD, a professor of neuroscience and of biomedical engineering, published in August the first iBook, “Guide to Medical Histology,” which is available for $39.99 on iTunes for the iPad, iPhone and Mac.

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Posted on May 23, 2016
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