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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David W. Brzezinski, MD (University of Michigan Medical School)
Description: This question-and-answer formatted anatomy book is aimed at professional students seeking to understand the basics of anatomy without succumbing to the sheer volume of material that is typical of most medical gross anatomy texts. It takes a regional approach and engages students in an active manner by highlighting the most important anatomic points in a very practical way. The first edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose is to distill the most important anatomic concepts into manageable pieces for professional students in an engaging format. Speaking as a former medical student and as a current gross anatomy instructor, this book is much needed. It, indeed, makes anatomy accessible to the professional student, and it does so in a memorable manner.
Audience: The book is aimed primarily at professional students during both the basic science and clinical years. Since most of the authors have experienced medical school first-hand, their background and understanding are second to none. The combination of basic science and clinical pearls is well balanced, accurate, and engaging.
Features: The most important concepts of medical gross anatomy are outlined in a regional and question-and-answer approach. The book is very complete and introduces students to important terminology at every relevant point. Perhaps the greatest strength of the book is its complete yet concise style. It manages to accurately cover a very broad and complex field of study while limiting its scope to the most important and clinically relevant aspects. Of particular value are the clinical pearls which are inserted at relevant points in the text. Such pearls not only serve to teach students clinical concepts, they also reinforce the basic anatomy in a memorable way. The valuable embryology section is located toward the end of the book. However, it could be broader in scope, and it could definitely benefit from additional figures as points of illustration. That being said, the remainder of the book would also benefit from a few more strategically placed illustrations.
Assessment: This excellent book will provide students with a valuable tool to solidify their anatomic knowledge. While not intended as a reference, it excels as a complete, concise, and accurate high-yield source of anatomy material. I found the book amazingly manageable for students and of appropriate depth. It is extremely practical for professional students and it can be used all the way through their residency (and beyond). I highly recommend it for any professional student, and only wish that I had such a valuable resource when I was a medical student. It should find its way into many a white coat pocket!