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From The CriticsReviewer: Larry R. Cochard, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is the third edition of an anatomic atlas combining photographs of human cadaver dissections with didactic line drawings, CT scans, and MR images.
Purpose: Like most photographic atlases, it is intended to depict human anatomy in the most realistic manner possible for use in dissection labs as an aid to identification, for lab review, or in anatomy classes where cadavers are in short supply.
Audience: Although the book is primarily intended for first-year medical students, it will be a good reference for senior students, residents, or anyone else learning or reviewing anatomy.
Features: Most of the atlas consists of high quality color photos of sequential dissections organized by body regions. The pictures have unobtrusive, numbered leader lines with with keyed structures listed on each page. Unique features that make this atlas more than just an aid to cadaver identification are imaging sections and colored line drawings. The latter include nerve and vessel schemes, topography, systemic overviews, muscle functions, and other anatomic points that are helpful in learning anatomy. The book is attractive, comprehensive, and has an extensive index. Three editions have resulted in a good product, but the process has been mostly fine-tuning instead of a significant change of content. It takes a little while to find changes from the second edition. Some photos have been replaced, a few line drawings have been added, and most new MR images are of the extremities.
Assessment: As a learning tool, this atlas has the best of the old and the new. The didactic figures found in traditional atlases, the imaging modalities, and the excellent pictures combine to make this the most versatile of the photographic atlases. If you have a copy of the second edition, though, hang on to it.