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From The CriticsReviewer: John A. McNulty, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This fourth edition has been extensively revised to make this popular text "more student friendly." The most significant and helpful revisions have been the addition of more than 500 color images, sections on surface anatomy, and additional clinical correlations.
Purpose: The authors' target of providing basic knowledge of the structure of the human body is nicely supplemented with an appreciation of the practical aspects of that knowledge from a clinical perspective.
Audience: This is primarily written as a text for gross anatomy courses in the health sciences. It especially keeps pace with the evolving curricular demands of integrating clinical cases and vignettes to facilitate the understanding of anatomy.
Features: The organization of the book by region of the body is retained from prior editions. The introductory chapter, which provides overviews of the different systems (e.g., skeleton, cardiovascular) and a discussion of medical imaging modalities, has been greatly expanded. Many of the original, familiar images from Agur's Grant's Atlas of Anatomy (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1991) have been retained and are supplemented by new photographs and color illustrations of excellent quality. The familiar "blue boxes" containing relevant clinical information have been expanded both in number and in content. Other notable revisions include new medical imaging displays of MRIs and CTs as well as sections on surface anatomy.
Assessment: I give the book very high marks. The clarity of the writing, excellent new artwork, and expanded clinical correlations will ensure its continued success as a popular anatomy text.