Clinical Anatomy: A Revision and Applied Anatomy for Clinical Studentsby Harold Ellis
Anatomy is a fundamental subject for first-year medical students. At this stage in their careers, wards and bedsides are far from their minds and the thought that anatomical origins or interrelationships might be clinically relevant is remote. Thus, once the ward is reached, anatomical facts are largely forgotten. However, be it for the palpatation of the abdomen, the interpretation of a CT scan, the location of an organ to biopsy, or listening to lung sounds, an understanding of anatomy in its clinical context is essential. This is what Professor Ellis's highly successful revision text provides.
The structure of the book is regional, and begins with surface markings, followed by detailed discussion of each organ or constituent part. These anatomical descriptions are immediately followed by Clinical Features, the component which makes the book unique.
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Description: This ninth edition of Clinical Anatomy has been extensively revised to enhance its stated goal of emphasizing fundamentals of clinical anatomy.
Purpose: The book aims to bridge the gap between what is learned during the basic science class in anatomy and the anatomy that students need to remember during their clinical rotations in radiology, pathology, medicine and surgery. Toward this aim, selected examples of clinically applied anatomy are highlighted.
Audience: Students who would benefit most from this book are those who have already had a course in human anatomy. This is a good review of anatomy emphasizing clinically related materials, but the book does not cover some topics in sufficient detail to be useful as a text for anatomy classes. The cervical plexus and vasculature of the perineum are two examples of topics that receive little attention.
Features: The book is organized by region with subheadings devoted to specific components (e.g., organs, joints, etc.). Each chapter begins with a review of surface anatomy and surface markings with sections on clinical features at the end of most subheadings within the chapter. The chapter on the brain, although abbreviated, is a welcome addition to a book of this nature. An appropriate number of colored line drawings and radiologic images accompany the text.
Assessment: This book has much to offer for the student who needs to review clinically important anatomical facts and concepts.
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