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Reviewer:David W. Brzezinski, MD(University of Michigan Medical School)
Description:This review of basic human anatomy and embryology weaves in relevant clinical material throughout. The information is presented in an outline format with appropriate tabular data. USMLE-type questions at the end of the book are intended to provide students with an assessment of their learning. The first edition was published in 2003.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide medical students with a basic review of human anatomy and embryology. Ideally, the book would be used to solidify concepts before the USMLE Step 1 examination. It also could be used to reinforce concepts learned throughout the basic science curriculum. The purpose of such a review is a worthy one, and students can use such a succinct resource in many other settings (such as before heading into the operating room).
Audience:The target audience includes first or second year medical students. Such students are exposed to a large amount of complex material and are in desperate need of an accurate and concise resource to help them facilitate recall of important information. The authors are seasoned professionals in the basic sciences.
Features:This book presents human anatomy and embryology in a regional manner. Relevant regions of the body are illustrated via images, and important teaching points and associated factual information are presented in an outline format. Woven throughout the review (and accented in a different color) are boxes that address clinical correlations. High-yield facts are presented in red ink in the margins. Each chapter prepares the reader with important objectives and points to be covered. This book will allow students to master difficult concepts through its use of clinical correlations, which provide a valuable means of assimilating important material. The written text is complete, and would serve as a useful adjunct when the material is first being studied (before the boards review!). Topics are easy to follow, and the information is very complete. While the book has many unique and excellent features, its illustrations are too few and, at times, too Spartan. This book would benefit from adding more images with greater anatomic detail. It would also benefit from additional colors to clarify confusing anatomic regions (instead of varying shades of grey). Finally, more radiographs would be a welcome addition.
Assessment:Students who are preparing for the boards have precious little time to devote to any one topic. Therefore, a review needs to be accurate and concise in a high-yield package. While this book is accurate and high-yield, it is not as concise as it could be and the images could use some additional detail. That being said, however, this is an excellent resource for students to solidify knowledge throughout the learning process. With the aid of an atlas, students can turn to this review and cover areas of weakness while assessing their progress through USMLE-style questions. As an added bonus, students can further strengthen their knowledge with the online study tools and questions. I would certainly recommend this as a resource to my students, but I would caution against its use as a last minute review.