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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dennis E Morse, PhD (University of Toledo)
Description: This regional, sectional atlas of human anatomy is divided into chapters based on region of the body and plane of section. Each cadaver section is presented in color and is accompanied by a short description of the location of the section, an orientation sketch of the section, and an appropriate image (MRI, CT, or US).
Purpose: It is intended as a companion to cadaver dissection studies for students of gross anatomy. Understanding sectional anatomy is essential for diagnosis and treatment in modern medicine. This atlas is the appropriate companion to traditional atlases for human dissection and provides appropriate information to expand expertise in interpretation of images. The book meets the authors' objectives.
Audience: According to the authors, this atlas has a target audience of students of human gross anatomy and healthcare practitioners at all levels.
Features: This atlas provides labeled cadaver sections and correlative images in cross, coronal, and sagittal planes. The book is organized into chapters which cover the primary anatomical regions of the body linked with a plane of section, i.e., thorax — coronal plane. The major strength of the atlas is the detail and photographic clarity of the cadaver sections which are, in turn, compared on the facing page to an image (CT, MRI, US). This organization makes for a smooth transition from cadaver section to image. The introduction includes a comprehensive presentation of the physics of CT, MRI, and US. The shortcomings are few, but the authors should consider redoing the cadaver sections for chapter 12 on the female pelvis and perineum. These plates do not reach the level of quality found in other chapters. There are some minor labeling issues (e.g., labeling the crus of the penis as the corpus cavernosum (11-3 and 11-4) and using plural when only one is labeled (labia majora)), but these are infrequent.
Assessment: This atlas continues to set the standard for what it set out to achieve. The information is appropriately labeled, but not over-labeled. Generally, photographic and image presentations are of high quality. The new edition is justified because of the continuing increase in sophistication of imaging techniques.