Ohio State University's medical school has joined the ranks of colleges replacing cumbersome textbooks with the handheld Apple iPod touch this fall.

Ohio State med school officials said the iPod lets students study high-quality images of organs and body parts in the palms of their hands, on the fly--a welcome change from the days of endlessly flipping through textbooks to find pictures and directions for surgical procedures. The iPod allows students to see images from several angles, take short review quizzes for helpful reminders, and access videos documenting the many steps of a surgery or procedure.

The university is one of a


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