Essential Clinical Anatomy / Edition 4

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Essential Clinical Anatomy, Fourth Edition presents the core anatomical concepts found in Clinically Oriented Anatomy, Sixth Edition in a concise, easy-to-read, and student-friendly format. The text includes clinical Blue Boxes, surface anatomy and medical imaging and is an ideal primary text for shorter medical courses and/or health professions courses with condensed coverage of anatomy.

The Fourth Edition features a modified layout with new and improved artwork. The clinical Blue Boxes are now grouped to reduce interruption of text and are categorized with icons to promote easier comprehension of clinical information.

A companion website includes fully searchable online text, interactive cases, USMLE-style questions, and clinical Blue Box video podcasts. Online faculty resources include an Image Bank and a Question Bank.

The book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Larry R. Cochard
This an abridged version of Keith Moore's Clinically Oriented Anatomy, a popular textbook of anatomy that was itself shortened through three editions. 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. The book is intended for first-year medical students, but could be used in most allied health anatomy programs. 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. 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.
Some 400 color diagrams, many accompanied by x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI images, show the arteries, nerves, veins, muscles, and bones of human anatomy. Sections on clinical anatomy and areas such as the thorax, abdomen, pelvis, limbs, head, and cranial nerves provide a basic text for use in health sciences curricula with a strong clinical orientation. Includes boxes on clinical practice and surface anatomy throughout the text, unofficial terms side by side with standard terms, and terms anglicized from Latin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From The Critics
Serving as either a textbook or a review for board exams, this book provides an overview of regional anatomy, featuring clinical information, muscle and nerve tables, and plenty of color illustrations. Chapters are arranged by anatomical region, covering the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum, back, lower limbs, upper limbs, head, neck, and cranial nerves. An introductory chapter covers the basics of clinical anatomy. The authors teach anatomy at the University of Ontario. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Rita K. Getz, PhD (Midwestern University)
Description: This is an update of a concise yet comprehensive textbook of anatomy, and has been written to guide anatomy students to the essential concepts of human anatomy. The first edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: The authors' intent was to "provide a well-illustrated text with an appropriate amount of anatomical material in a readable and interesting form." Because anatomy is a visual science, illustrations to demonstrate structures are important, and the authors have accomplished their objective.
Audience: The book is written for use by medical students and allied health students enrolled in a human anatomy course. I would consider it most appropriate for allied health students. If medical students are given comprehensive notes in their gross human anatomy course, then this book can be useful for them as well. The primary author has an established reputation for writing anatomy texts, having authored or coauthored several other respected books on the subject. The second author has received a PhD since the first edition was published.
Features: This edition has added more than 200 pages of text and illustrations since the first edition. The book uses a regional approach to study anatomy, and is replete with tables and drawings. There is a generous use of color throughout, which helps to make this a visually interesting book. Clinical information is discussed in blue and green boxes, and bold-faced terms may help students identify key concepts. An introductory chapter is written a bit too simplistically, but may help ease the student reader into the topic of anatomy. This introductory chapter also includes a good deal of histology which is useful for allied health students, but is not necessary for medical students who likely are enrolled in a separate, in-depth histology course. Because the book is directed toward presenting "essential" anatomy, some details have been sacrificed. Readers who want or need to know more are referred to alternate sources for a more in-depth presentation of anatomy.
Assessment: This revision took into account comments from students, colleagues, and reviewers. There are more diagnostic images and more clinical information which allows the student to correlate a preclinical human anatomy course with clinical experiences. All things considered, this is a useful and worthwhile contribution to the textbooks used for anatomy courses.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781799157
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: Fourth, North American Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 339,669
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


  • 1. Thorax
  • 2. Abdomen
  • 3. Pelvis and Perineum
  • 4. Back
  • 5. Lower Limb
  • 6. Upper Limb
  • 7. Head
  • 8. Neck
  • 9. Cranial Nerves
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