General Anatomy and Musculoskeletal System (THIEME Atlas of Anatomy)by Michael Schuenke, Erik Schulte, Udo Schumacher
Setting a new standard for the study of anatomy, the THIEME Atlas of Anatomy, with access to WinkingSkull.com PLUS, is more than a collection of anatomical images--it is an indispensable resource for anyone who works with the human body.Praise for the THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: General Anatomy and Musculoskeletal System: This atlas contains/b>/b>/b>
Setting a new standard for the study of anatomy, the THIEME Atlas of Anatomy, with access to WinkingSkull.com PLUS, is more than a collection of anatomical images--it is an indispensable resource for anyone who works with the human body.Praise for the THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: General Anatomy and Musculoskeletal System: This atlas contains superior illustrations of the musculoskeletal system of the trunk, upper, and lower extremities, as well as a concise but very informative overview of general anatomical concepts. --American Association of Anatomists News
The THIEME Atlas of Anatomy series also features Neck and Internal Organs and Head and Neuroanatomy. Each atlas is available in softcover and hardcover and includes access to WinkingSkull.com PLUS.Use the General Anatomy and Musculoskeletal System Image Collection to enhance your lectures and presentations; illustrations can be easily imported into presentation software and viewed with or without labeling.
Description: This is a very useful atlas for general anatomy and particularly musculoskeletal anatomy. It organizes a lot of high yield facts into tables, charts, and functioning illustrations and this provides a nice interconnection among anatomy, cell and tissue biology, physiology, neurophysiology, physical therapy, and surgery. Therefore, it is not only a book for students in these fields, but also a good reference for instructors and practitioners.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an atlas for students in their initial stages of studying anatomy and a reliable reference source for professionals. These are very worthy objectives in the field of anatomy and both of these purposes are well met by this publication.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for students and for practitioners. Although the authors did not specify which fields or specialties, the book is particularly useful for medical or physical therapy students for their anatomy study and it is a very useful reference book for practitioners in the fields of physical therapy and surgery. I do not have any way to judge the credibility of the authors, but based on the quality of the book, the authors are highly qualified.
Features: The book covers extensively the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system of the human body. This includes all the bones, joints, muscles, and their associated vessels and nerves. I want to point out several unique features of the book:
1) The organization of the book is unique. It combines topics such as cell and tissue biology and functioning anatomy into a gross anatomy atlas. This provides a very useful cross reference tool for students and professionals.
2) The use of tables and charts makes the book concise. They are very well produced.
3) The book is very accurate in terms of the drawings and text contents.
4) A lot of the figures are function oriented. These differ from some of the traditional anatomy atlas figures by illustrating from unique angles that are more related to clinical practice.
5) The figures are produced with superior quality. Some figures are the best drawings I have ever seen in an anatomy atlas.
There is one mistake on page 162 on the label of the drawing, "B Arteries of the trunk wall." The label "Lateral thoracic artery" should be "Thoracodorsal artery."
Assessment: This is one of the best anatomy atlases. It is superior in quality. It is accurate. It is very useful to both students and practitioners. I can only compare this book with Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy, 3rd edition (Icon Learning Systems). This book has three stronger points than Netter's:
1) The illustrations are of better quality although Netter's is a high quality atlas.
2) Organization is a better approach.
3) It has more contents with tables, charts, text, and functioning illustrations.
One reason that this book can not replace Netter's is that it only covers general anatomy and the musculoskeletal system in detail, lacking information on organs and body cavities. However, it complements the Netter atlas nicely. I would recommend both to my students.
The images are beautifully drawn and labeled, and it is clear that significant time and effort have gone into the organization of the material. In addition to clear and unique illustrations, this atlas departs from the typical anatomy atlas by combining explanatory text with the images, providing summarizing tables, and giving clinical applications for the material. This atlas would be a good choice for the reader interested in neuromusculoskeletal system reference. ..The narrative works to enhance understanding of a given topic by referring the reader to other sections of this atlas that continue to elaborate on specific points. For the physical therapy, athletic training, or medical student trying to master the specifics associated with muscle function, the 2-adjoining-page organization of tables with illustrations of the muscles is a feature that would assist studying this material. Other features of this atlas that are particular strengths include an excellent index, concepts needed to understand anatomy, clear illustration and annotation, overview of basic embryology, overviews of the autonomic nervous system, illustrations identifying landmarks that can be easily palpated, bones and joints, neurovascular and lymphatic systems, the addition of schematic illustrations to clarify hard to visualize structures, many common and some rare clinical conditions, some select MRIs, and a number of other special topics. Overall, a beautiful and well-organized atlas of musculoskeletal anatomy.. The narrative provided, along with functional grouping of muscles and clinical application, have resulted in a relatively novel presentation of the musculoskeletal system that most students will appreciate.--Journal of Orthopedic Sports and Physical TherapyA useful addition to the library of any clinician interested in the musculoskeletal system. It contains beautiful illustrations of musculoskeletal anatomy and clear, descriptive legends, many of which are detailed. This volume offers more value than a typical atlas because of the substantial amount of functional and clinical information that is included. ...It warrants consideration as the required atlas for any gross anatomy course for physical therapist students... It also would make a fine supplemental resource for preclinical laboratory courses that emphasize skeletal and muscular anatomy and for any physical therapy clinic's reference library.--Physical Therapy, June 2006This atlas contains superior illustrations of the musculoskeletal system of the trunk, upper, and lower extremities, as well as a concise but very informative overview of general anatomical concepts. Notably, the musculature - functional groups provides a fact box on each muscle, as well as a unique schematic that clearly demonstrates each muscle's action. The neurovascular system - forms and relations subsection of each of the chapters provides a compelling demonstration of anatomical relations and concepts of innervation. The intention in creating this text was to provide an atlas that would guide students in their study of anatomy, stimulate enthusiasm, and provide a reliable reference for experienced students and professionals. This Thieme atlas fulfills these intentions. For the novice, the general anatomy chapter provides a very descriptive overview of anatomical concepts with brief text and good diagrams. In the following three chapters, the image quality is quite impressive, illustrating excellent anatomical relations. The fact box included on each muscle provides easy reference to origin, insertion, innervation, and action. The illustrations are clearly labeled...The index is appropriate and easy to follow. For experienced students and professionals, clinical application, cross sections, x-rays, and CT and MRI scans are provided to further emphasize the clinical relevance of anatomy. Additionally, biomechanical presentations for functional groups of muscles are well-described and
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