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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual 2010 - Susan E. Thomas
Anatomica is like a medical textbook for the general public providing affordable and thorough information.
Choice - J. M. Miller
Anatomica is distinctive among consumer health resources in that it incorporates anatomy and pathophysiology with medical information. It is written at a higher reading level than similar titles. Given the nature of the volume, however, this is appropriate. This reference is text-heavy and supplemented with illustrations. Most of the content is arranged by body segment (such as head, trunk, etc.), reflecting the focus on anatomy. Additional chapters cover human development, infectious and genetic disease, and emotional disorders. Diagnostic techniques, therapeutics, first aid, symptoms, and a detailed, cross-referenced index are also included. In addition to allopathic treatments, the book provides information on a variety of complementary and alternative therapies.... Reminders that readers should consult their doctors appear throughout the book—an important feature for all consumer health materials. Recommended.
Shelf Life - Joan Sutter
Anatomica is a must-have for any home library. Its complete references to the human body and all of its complexities are outstanding, and its 1,400 colour drawings give it the most precise medical information conceivable. Cells and body systems, the head, neck, chest cavity, urinary and reproductive systems, shoulders, hips, legs, and feet, are just some of the areas covered about this wonderful thing we call our body. Specific chapters deal with infectious diseases, heredity, DNA and genetic disease, the human life cycle, emotional and behavioral disorders, and diagnostic techniques, are discussed also. There is also a first-aid guide, but Anatomica does not stop there, addressing other concerns like alcoholism, sexuality, stress, and personality disorders. The book is the essential reference guide, one those concerned about their health and that of others, must own.
Library Journal
This title, a revised edition of a book published in 2000 by Global Book Publishing, serves as both a medical encyclopedia and a textbook of anatomy. Ken Ashwell (anatomy, Univ. of South Wales, Australia) again acts as the chief consultant to this book, which is divided into 16 chapters. The extensive first chapter covers the body systems' anatomy and physiology. Then individual organs of the body are detailed, including entries about how these organs work and diseases plaguing the various systems. Some entries include cross-references. There are also chapters on diagnostic tests and procedures, the stages of human life, emotional and behavioral disorders, and a "staying healthy" chapter covering alternative therapies, exercise, and nutrition. A first-aid section and a guide to common symptoms and associated diseases round out this title's offerings. Although the book has entries interwoven with beautifully detailed color illustrations that will appeal to readers of all ages, it disappointingly does not have any references or further reading suggestions. BOTTOM LINE At less than $50, this would be an affordable purchase for most libraries needing an anatomy book geared toward the public. A more robust purchase would be the anatomy classic Grant's Atlas of Anatomy (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008. 12th ed.). A more compact but similarly detailed illustrated book is Sarah Brewer's The Human Body: A Visual Guide to Human Anatomy(Quercus, 2010). Anatomicais recommended for public and consumer health libraries.—Rebecca Raszewski, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554076420
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 276,360
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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A comprehensive encyclopedia and authoritative medical reference for the home.

Anatomica is an essential reference to the human body, the most complex biological mechanism in the world. More than 1,400 intricate color drawings, fully labeled and captioned, bring to life the human body for professionals and general readers. With its encyclopedic medical information, this book also provides outstanding access to practical advice about everyday medical concerns.

The book investigates the workings of the body in detail, reviewing the entire human body area by area, including:

  • Cells and body systems
  • The head
  • The neck
  • The trunk
  • The chest cavity
  • The abdominal cavity
  • Urinary and reproductive organs
  • Shoulder, arms and hards
  • Hips, legs and feet
  • The skin

The book also has specific chapters that cover:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Heredity, DNA and genetic diseases
  • The human life cycle
  • Staying healthy
  • Emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Diagnostic techniques

An illustrated timeline of developmental milestones follows aging and recommends preventive health measures. The book also includes an easy-to-use first aid guide and an extensive table of common symptoms. In addition, Anatomica addresses such topics as alcoholism, sexuality, stress and personality disorders, as well as the latest developments in alternative therapies.

Written by an international team of medical experts, illustrators and researchers, Anatomica is an essential reference for the home and libraries.

Ken Ashwell, BMedSc, MBBS, PhD graduated in medicine from the University of New South Wales in 1983. After a short time in clinical medicine he returned to research and teaching, undertaking a PhD studying process in abnormal brain development and graduating from the University of Sydney in 1988. He has been teaching anatomy to medical, health and exercise, and science students since 1984, and maintains an active involvement in research on brain development (both normal and abnormal) and brain evolution. He has authored more than 110 scientific papers, five books and eight book chapters, and is Professor in Anatomy at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

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