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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Loretta L. White , DNS (Indiana State University)
Description: Grant's Anatomy offers an exquisite and comprehensive depiction of the human body. Last published in 1999, this newest edition features drawings that provide unique visual dissections of body structures for the discerning student of anatomy.
Purpose: The authors state that their purpose is to provide an updated version of this book while preserving the integrity and strength of previous editions. The authors fully meet and exceed their objectives in this fine reference. Students of anatomy will readily recognize the value of this book with its complete, thorough, and clear depictions of the human body.
Audience: Although written for medical students and faculty, this book has widespread applications. Grant's Anatomy could easily serve as a comprehensive, "must have" reference for anyone who is studying or practicing in a healthcare field. The authors' academic credentials attest to their ability to write such a book as this and illustrate the extraordinary credibility they bring to this work.
Features: All body structures are described in narrative and pictorial forms. In a unique approach, the authors use illustrations that depict sequential dissections of body parts allowing for an "outside to inside" perspective much as if a student were actually in the dissecting room. The inclusion of many actual body scans and x-rays enhance understanding of the content. A minor but potentially useful change would be to arrange the content in a "head to toe" format because that is the typical order healthcare professionals review and assess the human body.
Assessment: I have taught basic anatomy and physiology to nursing students for many years and know the value a clear and concise reference has for new learners — especially for such a technical and involved subject. I have always used Hole's Human Anatomy & Physiology, 10th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2003) as a primary text, but Grant's Anatomy would serve as a wonderful supplement.