Anatomy at a Glance / Edition 3

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As one of the core basic sciences underpinning medical and clinical science, anatomy is a central discipline for medical students in the first years of medical schools worldwide. Without a fundamental understanding of gross anatomy, it is impossible to develop key clinical skills for examining a patient and identifying abnormalities. Written by experts and reviewed by students, Anatomy At a Glance, Third Edition breaks complex subjects into short, easily digested topics. Ideal for medical students, this book presents each topic as clear double-page spreads with key facts accompanied by tables, illustrations, photographs and diagrams.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Designed to conform to the latest guidelines for medical school anatomy courses, this text follows the double-page format of the series, with each topic presented through key facts and accompanied by color line drawings and radiographs. Content is both systematic and regional, so that the complete courses of major nerves and blood vessels are described as well as their regional relationships. Clinical notes are also included. The book can be used as a primary or supplemental text in a lecture-based course, or for exam preparation. Faiz is a specialist registrar in general surgery. Moffat is emeritus professor of anatomy of the University of Cardiff. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Sandra E. Inouye, PhD (Midwestern University)
Description: This is an illustrated synopsis of human gross anatomy, as the title implies. It is arranged in short chapters to facilitate a quick review of gross anatomy "accomplished in 176 pages" and follows the standard format of the At a Glance series.
Purpose: The authors have designed the book to correlate with the purported changes in anatomical studies. They claim that students of anatomy now only need to know the basic essentials of anatomy with particular emphasis on their clinical relevance. To match this statement, the authors have written a book that they hope provides "rapid revision without any frills." Although I do not fully agree with their statement concerning anatomical studies, I acknowledge that there is a need for textbooks to match those anatomy courses that have moved in this particular, abbreviated direction. This book is clearly designed for this purpose, with brief text chapters of basic anatomy accompanied by simple and comprehensible illustrations on the facing page.
Audience: The authors designed the book to target medical students who have taken gross anatomy and need a brief review. It is certainly an appropriate anatomy review for not only medical students, but also graduate students in other health science programs, such as physician assistant, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
Features: The book very briefly covers the major regions of gross anatomy. Written in note format, it is designed to allow the reader to quickly peruse the section. The brevity of the text plainly indicates that it is designed to reinforce a student's basic knowledge of anatomy. For example, the section on the spine and spinal cord is covered in four pages — two pages of text and two pages of illustrations. The graphics accompanying the text are predominantly schematic, color illustrations, with a few radiographs interspersed throughout the book. The illustrations are clear, uncluttered, and designed to illustrate a few key points. A useful muscle index is included that allows the reader to quickly look up the origin, insertion, action, and nerve supply of a muscle.
Assessment: This is an appropriate book for all health sciences students who wish to quickly review anatomy. It is undoubtedly designed for those readers who already have a good knowledge of gross anatomy. Because of its succinct nature, not all of the information is graphically illustrated or presented in much detail. Obviously, most of the book is a reminder to the reader about some information that they already know. Although it is an appropriate book for former students of anatomy, I would not recommend it for those students currently taking gross anatomy.
From the Publisher
"Overall this book is very concise and the information used in the book is easily accessible and is an excellent resource for medical students, nurses, allied health professionals: ODPs, physiotherapists and radiographers as well as students studying sport sciences." Journal of Perioperative Practice

"Full of excellent coloured diagrams and clinical correlates of anatomy, it travels tip to toe, swiflty and sweetly." Surgo, Glasgow University Medical Journal, 78:4

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444336092
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Series: At a Glance Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Omar Faiz is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Surgeon at St Mary's Campus, Imperial College, London

Simon Blackburn is a Specialty Registrar in Paediatric Surgery at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London

David Moffatt is Emeritus Professor of Anatomy at Cardiff University

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Table of Contents

Preface 7

1 Anatomical terms 8

2 Embryology 10

The thorax

3 The thoracic wall I 14

4 The thoracic wall II 16

5 The mediastinum I—the contents of the mediastinum 18

6 The mediastinum II—the vessels of the thorax 20

7 The pleura and airways 22

8 The lungs 24

9 The heart I 26

10 The heart II 30

11 The nerves of the thorax 32

12 Surface anatomy of the thorax 34

13 Thorax: developmental aspects 36

14 The fetal circulation 38

The abdomen and pelvis

15 The abdominal wall 40

16 The arteries of the abdomen 43

17 The veins and lymphatics of the abdomen 46

18 The peritoneum 48

19 The upper gastrointestinal tract I 50

20 The upper gastrointestinal tract II 52

21 The lower gastrointestinal tract 54

22 The liver, gall-bladder and biliary tree 56

23 The pancreas and spleen 58

24 The posterior abdominal wall 60

25 The nerves of the abdomen 62

26 Surface anatomy of the abdomen 64

27 The pelvis I—the bony and ligamentous pelvis 66

28 The pelvis II—the contents of the pelvis 68

29 The perineum 70

30 The pelvic viscera 72

31 Abdomen, developmental aspects 74

The upper limb

32 The osteology of the upper limb 76

33 Arteries of the upper limb 80

34 The venous and lymphatic drainage of the upper limb and the breast 82

35 Nerves of the upper limb I 84

36 Nerves of the upper limb II 86

37 The pectoral and scapular regions 88

38 The axilla 90

39 The shoulder (gleno-humeral) joint 92

40 The arm 94

41 The elbow joint and cubital fossa 96

42 The forearm 98

43 The carpal tunnel and joints of the wrist and hand 100

44 The hand 102

45 Surface anatomy of the upper limb 104

The lower limb

46 The osteology of the lower limb 106

47 The arteries of the lower limb 108

48 The veins and lymphatics of the lower limb 110

49 The nerves of the lower limb I 112

50 The nerves of the lower limb II 114

51 The hip joint and gluteal region 116

52 The thigh 120

53 The knee joint and popliteal fossa 123

54 The leg 126

55 The ankle and foot I 128

56 The ankle and foot II 130

57 Surface anatomy of the lower limb 132

The autonomic nervous system

58 The autonomic nervous system 134

The head and neck

59 The skull I 136

60 The skull II 138

61 Spinal nerves and cranial nerves I–IV 140

62 The trigeminal nerve (V) 142

63 Cranial nerves VI–XII 144

64 The arteries I 146

65 The arteries II and the veins 148

66 Anterior and posterior triangles 150

67 The pharynx and larynx 152

68 The root of the neck 154

69 The oesophagus and trachea and the thyroid gland 156

70 The upper part of the neck and the submandibular region 158

71 The mouth, palate and nose 160

72 The face and scalp 162

73 The cranial cavity 166

74 The orbit and eyeball 168

75 The ear, lymphatics and surface anatomy of the head and neck 170

76 Head and neck, developmental aspects 172

The spine and spinal cord

77 The spine 174

78 The spinal cord 176

Muscle index 178

Index 185

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