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From The CriticsReviewer: Larry R. Cochard, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This an abridged version of Keith Moore's Clinically Oriented Anatomy, a popular textbook of anatomy that was itself shortened through three editions.
Purpose: While one goal of the larger book is retained — to present anatomy in the context of its importance in clinical practice — this new version is designed for shorter courses, board review, and as a concise reference for clinical courses.
Audience: The book is intended for first-year medical students, but could be used in most allied health anatomy programs.
Features: While reductions in the editions of the unabridged book were trivial, this is truly a smaller package. At 510 pages, this softcover version is shorter by 44 percent and measures 7' x 10" instead of 8 1/2" by 11". It has the same look as its larger relative with identical fonts, similar layout, many Grant's Atlas figures, and clinical information in blue boxes. It also retains some surface anatomy, imaging, and liberal use of color which appears bolder than in the larger book. The reductions were achieved by eliminating the Patient Oriented Problems at the ends of chapters and by being more selective in overall content — use of figures, amount of descriptive text, and structures included.
Assessment: This book achieves its goal of presenting anatomy that is basic, relevant, and a good fit for new, streamlined, medical curricula. It retains many of the best features of Clinically Oriented Anatomy and still contains a lot of information in a very manageable size.