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Overview

The ultimate anatomy atlas for medical study, clinical reference, and patient education, this updated masterpiece offers 534 of Netter's own accurate, clear and beautifully rendered illustrations along with eight Netter-style drawings rendered by Carlos A.G. Machado, MD. Netter's incomparable medical art and artistry reflects his personal belief in the power of the visual image to teach without overwhelming the student with dense, confusing text. "To clarify rather than intimidate" remains the distinctive and effective Netter approach — and it's been working since the publication of the first edition in 1989.

This masterwork has trained over 1,000,000 medical and health-science students since its first release in 1989.

Updated with over 200 revised Netter illustrations, this new edition of the classic human anatomy atlas presents a total of 534 of Netter's own accurate, clear and precisely rendered illustrations along with 8 new Netter-style, surface anatomy drawings by Carlos A.G. Machado, MD.

This extraordinary new edition takes a major step forward to include surface anatomy and radiographic images to give a fuller, more integrated understanding of human anatomy. The index is expanded and improved, the references are updated, and a number of images are revised to reflect current knowledge. "To clarify rather than intimidate" continues to be the distinctive and effective Netter approach.

· New Surface Anatomy Images - Each section begins with a surface anatomy plate to draw attention to the surface features that anticipate the underlying anatomy as well as highlight the value of careful observation in clinical medicine.

· New Radiographic Images - For further investigation into anatomical detail

· New and Revised Anatomical Images - Some plates were selected from Netter's Collection of Medical Illustrations 13-volume masterwork. Other images have been slightly revised and updated to reflect current knowledge.

· Expanded and improved index and updated references

The book contains color figures.

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Editorial Reviews

John A. McNulty
This book has had a longstanding reputation for detailed illustrations of the anatomy of the human body. This second edition continues that excellent tradition. 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. 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. 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. 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."
Choice
Seldom has the appearance of a new scientific book created as much excitement as has Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy. It has been discussed in the national press and was the subject of a special segment of a network television prime-time news program. The attention provided this book is well deserved. Netter's career during the past 50 years has been as a medical artist, and he has produced more than 4,000 illustrations. . . . Now Dr. Netter has culminatedhis career by combining in one volume his outstanding illustrations of the anatomy of the human body. He has updated and improved many of his previous drawings, and he has created new pictures to fill gaps where no previous ones existed. The end result of this effort is a book of outstanding artistic and scientific merit that is destined to become a classic both in the field of human anatomy and in artistic portrayal of the human body.
Library Journal
Now in its second edition, this is undoubtedly the best single-volume medical atlas available today, the only better resource being Netter's classic eight-volume set, published in 13 physical volumes over 33 years starting in 1959 and originally called CIBA Collection of Medical Illustrations after the publisher. (The name was changed to Netter's Collection of Medical Illustrations by the new publisher, Novartis.) Once again, Netter's masterly artwork has been faithfully reproduced, though the first edition (LJ 12/89) has been updated to reflect current anatomical knowledge and to incorporate new cross-sectional images to assist in the recognition of current "scanned" images. Organized by anatomical regions, the illustrations are colorful, easily defined, and clearly labeled, and the book closes with a very easy-to-use 48-page index. Highly recommended for public and academic librariesEric D. Albright, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. Lib., Durham, NC
Booknews
**** Netter, creater of the classic CIBA collection of medical illustrations (cited in BCL3) has selected from those great drawings, revising some anatomy and terminology, and made new illustrations when he felt it necessary for this work. This volume has 514 color plates, many with multiple views, all done in Netter's well- known, widely-used, and lucid style. This book will displace many now used in anatomy courses as reference/text books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Doody Review Services
Reviewer: 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."
From The Critics
Reviewer: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."
Library Journal
Now in its second edition, this is undoubtedly the best single-volume medical atlas available today, the only better resource being Netter's classic eight-volume set, published in 13 physical volumes over 33 years starting in 1959 and originally called CIBA Collection of Medical Illustrations after the publisher. (The name was changed to Netter's Collection of Medical Illustrations by the new publisher, Novartis.) Once again, Netter's masterly artwork has been faithfully reproduced, though the first edition (LJ 12/89) has been updated to reflect current anatomical knowledge and to incorporate new cross-sectional images to assist in the recognition of current "scanned" images. Organized by anatomical regions, the illustrations are colorful, easily defined, and clearly labeled, and the book closes with a very easy-to-use 48-page index. Highly recommended for public and academic librariesEric D. Albright, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. Lib., Durham, NC
Booknews
**** Netter, creater of the classic CIBA collection of medical illustrations (cited in BCL3) has selected from those great drawings, revising some anatomy and terminology, and made new illustrations when he felt it necessary for this work. This volume has 514 color plates, many with multiple views, all done in Netter's well- known, widely-used, and lucid style. This book will displace many now used in anatomy courses as reference/text books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929007110
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/15/2002
  • Series: Netter Basic Science Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 612
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank H. Netter was born in New York City in 1906. He studied art at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design before entering medical school at New York University, where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1931. During his student years, Dr. Netter’s notebook sketches attracted the attention of the medical faculty and other physicians, allowing him to augment his income by illustrating articles and textbooks. He continued illustrating as a sideline after establishing a surgical practice in 1933, but he ultimately opted to give up his practice in favor of a full-time commitment to art. After service in the United States Army during World War II, Dr. Netter began his long collaboration with the CIBA Pharmaceutical Company (now Novartis Pharmaceuticals). This 45-year partnership resulted in the production of the extraordinary collection of medical art so familiar to physicians and other medical professionals worldwide.
Icon Learning Systems acquired the Netter Collection in July 2000 and continued to update Dr. Netter’s original paintings and to add newly commissioned paintings by artists trained in the style of Dr. Netter. In 2005, Elsevier Inc. purchased the Netter Collection and all publications from Icon Learning Systems. There are now over 50 publications featuring the art of Dr. Netter available through Elsevier Inc.
Dr. Netter’s works are among the finest examples of the use of illustration in the teaching of medical concepts. The 13-book Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations, which includes the greater part of the more than 20,000 paintings created by Dr. Netter, became and remains one of the most famous medical works ever published. The Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy, first published in 1989, presents the anatomic paintings from the Netter Collection. Now translated into 16 languages, it is the anatomy atlas of choice among medical and health professions students the world over.
The Netter illustrations are appreciated not only for their aesthetic qualities, but, more importantly, for their intellectual content. As Dr. Netter wrote in 1949 “clarification of a subject is the aim and goal of illustration. No matter how beautifully painted, how delicately and subtly rendered a subject may be, it is of little value as a medical illustration if it does not serve to make clear some medical point.” Dr. Netter’s planning, conception, point of view, and approach are what inform his paintings and what make them so intellectually valuable.
Frank H. Netter, MD, physician and artist, died in 1991.

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Table of Contents

Section 1 Head and Neck

Topographic Anatomy 1

Superficial Head and Neck 2 - 3

Bones and Ligaments 4 - 23

Superficial Face 24 - 25

Neck 26 - 34

Nasal Region 35 - 50

Oral Region 51 - 62

Pharynx 63 - 73

Thyroid Gland and Larynx 74 - 80

Orbit and Contents 81 - 91

Ear 92 - 98

Meninges and Brain 99 - 114

Cranial and Cervical Nerves 115 - 134

Cerebral Vasculature 135 - 146

Regional Scans 147 - 148

Section 2 Back and Spinal Cord

Topographic Anatomy 149

Bones and Ligaments 150 - 156

Spinal Cord 157 - 167

Muscles and Nerves 168 - 172

Cross-Sectional Anatomy 173 - 174

Section 3 Thorax

Topographic Anatomy 175

Mammary Gland 176 - 178
Body Wall 179 - 189

Lungs 190 - 204

Heart 205 - 223

Mediastinum 224 - 234

Regional Scans 235

Cross-Sectional Anatomy 236 - 239

Section 4 Abdomen

Topographic Anatomy 240

Body Wall 241 - 260

Peritoneal Cavity 261 - 266

Viscera (Gut) 267 - 276

Viscera (Accessory Organs) 277 - 282

Visceral Vasculature 283 - 296

Innervation 297 - 307

Kidneys and Suprarenal Glands 308 - 322

Cross-Sectional Anatomy 323 - 330

Section 5 Pelvis and Perineum

Topographic Anatomy 331

Bones and Ligaments 332 - 336

Pelvic Floor and Contents 337 - 347

Urinary Bladder 348 - 351

Uterus, Vagina, and Supporting Structures 352 - 355

Perineum and External Genitalia: Female 356 - 359

Perineum and External Genitalia: Male 360 - 367

Homologues of Genitalia 368 - 369

Testis, Epididymis, and Ductus Deferens 370

Rectum 371 - 376

Regional Scans 377

Vasculature 378 - 388

Innervation 389 - 397

Cross-Sectional Anatomy 398 - 399

Section 6 Upper Limb

Topographic Anatomy 400

Cutaneous Anatomy 401 - 405

Shoulder and Axilla 406 - 418

Arm 419 - 423

Elbow and Forearm 424 - 439

Wrist and Hand 440 - 459

Neurovasculature 460 - 467

Regional Scans 468

Section 7 Lower Limb

Topographic Anatomy 469

Cutaneous Anatomy 470 - 473

Hip and Thigh 474 - 493

Knee 494 - 500

Leg 501 - 510

Ankle and Foot 511 - 525

Neurovasculature 526 - 530

Regional Scans 531

Section 8 Cross=Sectional Anatomy

Key Figure for Cross Sections 532

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Preface

The release in 1989 of the first edition of Dr. Frank Netter's "personal Sistine Chapel"-the Atlas of Human Anatomy-was a major event in the history of the teaching and learning of anatomy. Almost instantly, the Atlas of Human Anatomy became the top-selling anatomical atlas in the world and clearly became the students' choice universally. It has retained that position ever since. At the core of that success, of course, is the remarkable artwork and style of Dr. Netter, rendered in consultation with many of the century's outstanding anatomists, skillfully edited and published through the teamwork of Novartis Medical Education, in consultation with Dr. Sharon Colacino (now Oberg) for the first edition. Joining the Novartis team for the development of the "sister" Netter products (Interactive Atlas of Human Anatomy and Interactive Atlas of Clinical Anatomy CD-ROMs) and now the second edition of the Atlas of Human Anatomy book is the fulfillment of a nearly lifelong dream for me. I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue this tradition of quality as we strive to improve the education, learning, and applied knowledge of healthcare providers for the new century.

It is a testimony to the high quality of the first edition that a decade later record sales and course adoptions continue to increase annually. In view of this success, why a new edition? We intend to make the best-seller even better! In doing so, however, we have made a conscious effort not to significantly increase the overall size of the book or the level of detail, or alter the style of presentation, which students have clearly told us are some key reasons for the first edition'ssuccess.

The most noticeable changes are the importing of additional Netter illustrations (e.g., see Plates 288, 430, 432, and 511) and the addition of new artwork rendered masterfully in the Netter style by Novartis artist Carlos Machado, M.D. (see the new section on cross-sectional anatomy, Plates 512 through 525). These new plates and illustrations significantly enhance the usefulness of the Atlas in the contemporary anatomy curriculum and in practice, adding meaningful detail and helping the student to learn and understand cross-sectional anatomy, essential to the interpretation of the new medical imaging techniques. To accommodate the additional plates at least in part, several plates on variations of abdominal vasculature have been condensed. The common variations are still addressed; reference to The Netter (formerly CIBA) Collection of Medical Illustrations is recommended for treatment of the more rare anomalies.

Dr. Machado has made changes on a number of plates to correct anatomical errors and especially to update anatomical detail consistent with current knowledge, gained largely through the use of medical imaging techniques in studying the anatomy in the living. In particular, the section on the pelvis and perineum has been extensively revised, replacing the outdated concepts of the trilaminar "U.G. diaphragm" or "deep perineal pouch" and the planar external urethral sphincter with current concepts.

Labeling has also been improved by making the terminology consistent throughout the book and updating it to the most current standard for anatomical terminology. I am grateful to have had the assistance of Dr. Duane Haines (central nervous system), and especially Dr. Robert Leonard (everything else!) in this formidable task. Internationally, the Latin form of terminology has been replaced with more user-friendly anglicized forms (English equivalents), in both common usage and scholarly endeavors. Where the new terminology is a marked change from that previously employed, we have retained the previous term in parenthesis to ease the transition (e.g., fibular (peroneal) nerve). While most anatomists favor use of descriptive anatomical terminology, many clinicians are reluctant to forego the tradition of the eponym. Thus the more common eponyms have also been retained parenthetically. The index-which, as Dr. Netter remarked in reference to the first edition, "is a book in itself"-has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the consistently applied, revised terminology. Accuracy of leader line placement has been increased even further, and leaders have been modified where necessary to delineate more clearly the labeled structures. The efforts of proofreader Nicole Friedman, who worked with me as we sacrificed our eyesight verifying the accuracy of the 32,000 leader lines running from as many labels, are also greatly appreciated.

Thanks to project editors Gina Dingle and Thomas Moore for their oversight (and insights), and to "the boss;" team leader Sandy Purrenhage, for cracking that whip and getting the job done mostly on schedule (reason be damned!). Special thanks to my wife, Muriel Dailey (still Dailey), for keeping the home fires burning, and for the patience she and our boys have had with me, my projects, and my office hours.

Arthur F. Dailey II, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy

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Introduction

I have often said that my career as a medical artist for almost 50 years has been a sort of "command performance" in the sense that it has grown in response to the desires and requests of the medical profession. Over these many years, I have produced almost 4,000 illustrations, mostly for The CIBA (now Netter) Collection of Medical Illustrations but also for Clinical Symposia. These pictures have been concerned with the varied subdivisions of medical knowledge such as gross anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology, pathology, diagnostic modalities, surgical and therapeutic techniques and clinical manifestations of a multitude of diseases. As the years went by, however, there were more and more requests from physicians and students for me to produce an atlas purely of gross anatomy. Thus, this atlas has come about, not through any inspiration on my part but rather, like most of my previous works, as a fulfillment of the desires of the medical profession.

It involved going back over all the illustrations I had made over so many years, selecting those pertinent to gross anatomy, classifying them and organizing them by system and region, adapting them to page size and space and arranging them in logical sequence. Anatomy of course does not change, but our understanding of anatomy and its clinical significance does change, as do anatomical terminology and nomenclature. This therefore required much updating of many of the older pictures and even revision of a number of them in order to make them more pertinent to today's ever-expanding scope of medical and surgical practice. In addition, I found that there were gaps in the portrayal of medical knowledge aspictorialized in the illustrations I had previously done, and this necessitated my making a number of new pictures that are included in this volume.

In creating an atlas such as this, it is important to achieve a happy medium between complexity and simplification. If the pictures are too complex, they may be difficult and confusing to read; if oversimplified, they may not be adequately definitive or may even be misleading. I have therefore striven for a middle course of realism without the clutter of confusing minutiae. I hope that the students and members of the medical and allied professions will find the illustrations readily understandable, yet instructive and useful.

At one point, the publisher and I thought it might be nice to include a foreword by a truly outstanding and renowned anatomist, but there are so many in that category that we could not make a choice. We did think of men like Vesalius, Leonardo da Vinci, William Hunter and Henry Gray, who of course are unfortunately unavailable, but I do wonder what their comments might have been about this atlas.

Frank H. Netter, M.D.
(1906-1991)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Netter IS better!

    First, DON'T buy Gray's and DON'T listen to people who talk about errors in the text--the errors WERE in the 2nd edition, but the publisher fixed them for the 3rd edition. This book will get you through all your A&P, and is worth every penny.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2006

    Most Utilized Medical Text

    From the day I bought this book as a first year medical student, 16 years ago, I have referred to this book more than any other text book I own. Netter's illustrations helped me get through medical school, internship, residency and is still my most valued book. No medical library can be complete unless this book is present. A MUST have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    Netter is Great For Anatomy!

    Whoever said to get Gray's...don't listen to them. That book is VERY outdated and way to complicated. Netter's Anatomy is the best book to use for Medical School Gross Anatomy. This book is a must! Clemente is also good, but most of my classmates still prefer Netter!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2004

    must have

    This is a must-have book for any medical student. The comment that was made in a prior review about Gray's anatomy being better is laughable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    A great concise book for students.

    I would like to say this book is great. I took an intro to anatomy during my summer internship at a Texas Medical School and I only finished freshman year. The book is great at helping one see the parts of the body in detail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2003

    Pretty good but far from excellent

    It is decent, it does some great illustrations, has a few errors but it will get you through medical school. A much better book is Gray's Anatomy and blows Netter out of the water. Spend the extra $100 its worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2003

    Need more stars

    Netter's Atlas is the definitive atlas for beginning, intermediate, and mastering study of the human anatomy. I started anatomy without Dr. Netter's book and I did not understand anatomy too well. Once I got it, things began coming together so much easier. The drawings are done so well and accurately. I still reference my Netter's atlas today and I've been done with the course for a while.

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