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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Teresa A. Dombrowski, PhD (Midwestern University)
Description: This atlas of gross anatomy features anatomical and schematic drawings, tables, diagnostic images, and accompanying text.
Purpose: The intent is to provide an atlas that can be used not only in the gross anatomy lab, but also as a reference throughout a practitioner's medical career.
Audience: This atlas would be useful for any individual studying or practicing in a health-related field.
Features: The tenth editon has undergone considerable revision from previous editions. The number of diagnostic images, both MRIs and radiographs, has increased, and they are frequently correlated with anatomical drawings. The text that accompanies the illustrations has been updated and contains clinical correlations. The descriptions are sometimes a little terse, however, and should be expanded. The inclusion of tables listing muscle origin, insertion, and action provides a good study aid. The excellent anatomical illustrations used in previous editions of the atlas have been retained, with some new illustrations added when necessary. The illustrations are not overly labeled and key structures are emphasized. Many schematic diagrams are used in the text. While those that summarize lymphatic drainage are particularly good and easy to understand, those that summarize the autonomic innervation of different regions need stronger colors and consistent keying to be effective. There is also a need for a clear schematic illustration of the zones of the prostate.
Assessment: This atlas differs from most other atlases available, such as Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy, 2nd Edition (Novartis Medical Education, 1997), because it contains not only illustrations, but also a significant amount of factual and clinical information in the accompanying text. It actually falls into the category of a text/atlas. Overall, it is excellent. Although students may originally be overwhelmed by the large amount of information presented, they will find it an invaluable reference tool throughout their career.