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From The CriticsReviewer: Edgar F. Allin, MD (Midwestern University)
Description: This small book is a survey of basic anatomy in question-and-answer format. There is a moderate number of black-and-white illustrations.
Purpose: The intent is to assist medical students in preparing for surgical clerkships and examinations in gross anatomy, including the USMLE, Part I. The editors state that this book plus an atlas should provide all that will be needed for a comprehensive study of basic anatomy (which may be true if coursework in the subject has already been taken).
Audience: In addition to medical students, interns and residents may find the book of use, as may students in such fields as physical and occupational therapy.
Features: All regions of the body are covered, although the central nervous system is only minimally discussed. The bulk of the text is a series of questions, sometimes involving keyed illustrations, and brief answers. The questions are not multiple-choice. The reader is to self-test by keeping the answers covered initially. Each chapter is followed by a "power review" of information most likely to appear on exams. Some mnemonic crutches are presented, and occasional humorous or folksy remarks add interest.
Assessment: As usual for recent anatomical publications, there is some lack of rigor. English usage is often sub-optimal, with singular/plural confusion, etc. More seriously, there are a lot of anatomical mistakes or deficiencies (mostly minor). For example, in the anatomical position, the palms are stated to face "outward" (laterally?) on the first page and implied to face "upward" on the next. Also, only one of four structures listed under "infratemporal fossa" is in the fossa; CN V3 is not the maxillary division; the stapedius muscle is not in the inner ear and is not innervated by the chorda tympani; coracobrachialis is missing from a list of muscles passing from scapula to humerus; and pectoralis major is omitted from a list of medial rotators of the arm. Overall, however, I consider this book to be quite successful. It is interesting to read and the editors made a pretty judicious selection of topics (but with some surprising omissions, such as the conjoint tendon, and inclusions, such as some rather trivial arteries).