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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Geoffrey H Sperber, BDS, MS, PhD, FICD, Dr MedDent(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry)
Description: This atlas, based upon Gray's Anatomy for Students, Drake et al. (Elsevier, 2004), contains highly colored, digitally generated images of regions of human anatomy accompanied by juxtaposed black-and-white images of radiographs, CAT scans, MRIs, and ultrasonographs. Its color-coded corner tabs makes regional identification of body parts easily accessible, but the most valuable feature is the access to a Web site.
Purpose: The purpose was "to produce an atlas that would build on themes and concepts established in the (predecessor) textbook." The atlas requires the accompanying textbook to be fully useful. Thus, the atlas partially meets the requirements for the necessary accomplishment of anatomical knowledge.
Audience: The atlas was compiled for students at an entry level of anatomy study, according to the authors. It partially meets this objective, but needs the accompanying text for full comprehension.
Features: It covers the entire anatomy of the adult human body in diagrams and clinical diagnostic photographs. The digitally generated drawings create an artificial "hard" portrayal of anatomical parts that somewhat divorces them from the reality of soft tissue anatomy. The access to online portrayals of real anatomy via the Web site is the most valuable feature of this atlas. There is no glossary in the book and none currently available on the Web site.
Assessment: The artificiality of the highly colored drawings detracts from its usefulness as an applied clinical anatomical atlas, but the atlas is rescued by the black-and-white real body images of X-rays, MRIs, CAT scans, and ultrasonographs. This newcomer to the plethora of human anatomy atlases already available* will not pose a serious challenge to them, and does not match the distinguished rubric of the classical Gray's under which it is published.
*(Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy, 4th edition (Elsevier, 2006); Moses et al.'s Atlas of Clinical Gross Anatomy (Elsevier, 2005); Clemente's Anatomy: A Regional Atlas of the Human Body, 5th Edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007); Agur and Dalley's Grant's Atlas of Anatomy, 12th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009); Tank and Guest's Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Atlas of Anatomy (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008); the Thieme Atlas of Anatomy series (Thieme Medical Publishers, 2007); Kopf-Maier and Wolf-Heidegger's Wolf-Heidegger's Atlas of Human Anatomy, 6th edition (S. Karger AG, 2005))