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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.
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
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
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.
Posted December 19, 2003
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.
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Posted August 28, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2004
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2004
Posted September 26, 2003
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 detailWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 24, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.