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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John A. McNulty, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This book has had a longstanding reputation for detailed illustrations of the anatomy of the human body. This second edition continues that excellent tradition.
Purpose: The author's goal is to produce a one-volume collection of illustrations of normal anatomy reaching "a happy medium between complexity and simplification." He achieves that goal with great success.
Audience: Any student of anatomy should have a copy of this atlas in reach while they study. For members of the medical and allied health professions, the atlas provides a ready source of clear and beautiful illustrations to refresh anatomical knowledge. A complete and detailed index is available for review.
Features: This atlas comprises a classic series of illustrations of various gross anatomical views divided by region of the body. New to this edition is the inclusion of a chapter on cross-sectional anatomy containing 11 illustrations of cross-sections from vertebral level T3 to the coccyx.
Assessment: A careful comparison of the plates in this second edition with those in the first revealed a few minor changes. Some figures were redrawn to more accurately reflect normal anatomy and some of the labels were changed (e.g., the central tendon of the perineum is changed to perineal body). I recommend the atlas, but those who already own a copy of the first edition probably won't be interested in this "upgrade."