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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Laura E. Thorp, BS, MPT, PhD (Rush Medical College of Rush University)
Description: The organization of this anatomy book into body systems makes it slightly repetitive, but this approach may be beneficial for learning, particularly for students who are new to the study of anatomy. The book favors illustrations and tables over text and the clinical correlates on the CD are unique in the depth of material covered and the breadth of topics. The chapters pertaining to joint structure and function of the limbs, particularly skeletal muscle actions, are simplified to the point that it is likely adequate for physicians but not for other specialties, such as physical therapy. Overall, this book is most certainly useful for those looking to provide a clinically-based gross anatomy course in a medical school setting.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an anatomy book that focuses in depth on areas that are relevant to clinical practice with a more cursory review of other topics. Medical students are required to learn an overwhelming amount of information and they will best remember what they feel is applicable to their careers as physicians. The author met his objectives and demonstrates how important and relevant the study of anatomy is to clinical practice.
Audience: This book is best suited for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians.
Features: The book covers the entire human body organized in a systemic approach. The clinical correlates on the CD are particularly well done. The inclusion of surface anatomy is also an important clinical feature of this book. Figures detailing the directional pull of muscles on bones and the origin and insertion points of the muscles on bones are very useful for student comprehension of muscle actions. The explanation of scapulohumeral rhythm is a welcome inclusion. Also, the review of the importance of understanding lymphatics provides motivation to students to study a topic that they often overlook. The multitude of radiographs and images are a wonderful addition. The short summaries of embryology organized by system are also ideal, though not unique to this book. The main shortcoming is that at times the book seems too oversimplified, particularly in the detail on muscle actions and, specifically, the explanation of movements of the scapula. Abduction/adduction and upward/downward rotation of the scapula are not mentioned, nor are the muscles that cause these movements. The clinical correlate on the sacroiliac joint is lacking because it states that the SI joint is not "clinically available." Indeed clinicians can palpate and manipulate this joint readily. Certain illustrations can be daunting in their detail, particularly figures of the hand that include muscle attachments along with names of bones and bony prominences. The figures of the skull (11-7, 11-8) are a little too dark and more contrast might highlight the landmarks and foramina better.
Assessment: This book has reduced the amount of text, and therefore reading required by a student, in favor of highlighting clinically relevant material and presenting information in the form of illustrations and tables. Such a format will likely suit the majority of medical students well. This book provides excellent clinical correlates, but they are all found on a CD rather than interspersed throughout the book (such as is done by Moore and Daly, Clinically Oriented Anatomy, 5th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006)). The book refers to the clinical correlates, but the challenge is to get the students to use the CD in their studies.