Responding to current trends in anatomy curricula, this innovative new resource covers surface and radiological anatomy and cutaneous and muscular innervations as well as gross anatomy. Outstandingly realistic three-dimensional photographs and illustrations, plus a consistent chapter organization, summary tables, and other user-friendly features, enhance readers' mastery of essential information. It provides students with a unique resource for use before, during and after lab work, in preparation for examinations, and later on as a primer for clinical work.
Reviewer:Ming Xiaoming Zhang, PhD(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description:The authors have created a human gross anatomy atlas that combines several different approaches. The atlas includes real cadaver dissection photographs with anatomical drawings, large full page illustrations with concise text descriptions, surface anatomy photographs with topographic (ghost) drawings, and anatomical dissections with X-ray/MRI images. This combination of approaches makes this atlas unique and very useful for those students who have limited access to cadaver dissection and clinical materials.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide an atlas for students in medical, dental, and related health sciences fields. The authors also hope this book will be a valuable resource for review by professionals teaching and practicing in the fields of healthcare and health sciences. The authors have attained their objectives.
Audience:The authors' plan was to create an atlas of clinical anatomy for students, residents, and practitioners in the fields of medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, chiropractic, occupational therapy, optometry, undergraduate anatomy, as well as physicians in surgery, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry. This atlas will be useful for this broad range of specialties. The authors are experienced teachers of human anatomy and are highly qualified to author an atlas of human anatomy.
Features:The atlas has a unique approach to introduce human anatomy structures. It covers all the subjects of human anatomy except neuroanatomy. The combinations of photography with drawings, illustration with text, and basic anatomy with clinical imaging are its best features. The full page, large format photographs are of high quality throughout. The topographic drawing (ghost drawing) on photographs provide clearer views of anatomical layers and the relationship between anatomical layers. The real cadaver dissection photographs provide more images of anatomy to students. This is particularly helpful for undergraduate students who may have limited access to a cadaver dissection and the development of a three-dimensional view of human anatomy. The shortcoming of this atlas is its simplicity. Some of the photographs and drawings lack sufficient detail. The simplicity issue makes this book more useful for undergraduate studies and instruction than for medical school teaching. This does not rule out its usefulness for medical professionals as a source of reference or a means of review. Also, with the decreased time for human anatomy in new medical curricula, this book may find a niche.
Assessment:This is a high quality human anatomy atlas that will be useful for medical educators, health professions students, and health professionals. It provides unique views of human anatomy that are absent from other atlases in the textbook market. It is a valuable tool for teaching or reviewing anatomy. It may fall short in detail for some medical school anatomy courses, but students will like the straightforward approach to the 3-dimensional organization of the human body.