Human Sectional Anatomy: Atlas of body sections, CT and MRI images, Third Edition / Edition 3

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First published in 1991, Human Sectional Anatomy set new standards for the quality of cadaver sections and accompanying radiological images. Now in its third edition, this unsurpassed quality remains and is further enhanced by some useful new material.

As with the previous editions, the superb full-colour cadaver sections are compared with CT and MRI images, with accompanying, labelled line diagrams. Many of the radiological images have been replaced with new examples, taken on the most up-to date equipment to ensure excellent visualisation of the anatomy. Completely new page spreads have been added to improve the book's coverage, including images taken using multidetector CT technology, and some beautiful 3D volume rendered CT images. The photographic material is enhanced by useful notes, extended for the third edition, with details of important anatomical and radiological features.

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

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: George C. Enders, Ph.D.(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is a collection of high quality, full-color photographs of sections of embalmed human material with corresponding sectional radiological images, mainly CT images, with occasional MR images.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide photographs of the detailed anatomy that is increasingly visible in sectional radiological modalities of CT and MR as the quality of these radiological images continues to improve with newer technology.
Audience: This atlas is intended for radiologists, radiographers, anatomists, medical students, and postgraduate physicians in radiology, surgery, and medicine. The book is extremely useful for anyone learning how to interpret sectional radiological images.
Features: The heart of the book is an amazing series of full-color photographs of sections of embalmed cadavers. These sections offer superb detail and very high quality anatomical detail. The sections have numbers superimposed on the photographs that correspond to tables of identified structures. On the page opposite the photograph, the anatomical section is a rendition of how and where the section was made and a radiological example of a similar section. Generally, the quality of the anatomical sections and the updated radiological image is amazing. There also is a written notes section that often points out key anatomical structures or draws attention to key clinical points. The book has been very carefully laid out to be user friendly.
Assessment: This does an excellent job of providing beautiful, well labeled photographs of cross sections of embalmed human material in conjunction with classic radiological images. The third edition has added some of the latest in three-dimensional radiological reconstructions and added CT images with increased sensitivity and specificity. This book is a must for radiologists in training who are learning to interpret sectional images.
From the Publisher
"This does an excellent job of providing beautiful, well labelled photographs of cross sections of embalmed human material in conjunction with classic radiological images ... This book is a must for radiologists in training who are learning to interpret sectional images. 4 Stars!"
—Dr George C. Enders, University of Kansas Medical Center, Doody Publishing Service

"[it is] essential for at least one copy of this atlas to be readily available in all hospital and departmental libraries. It will be consulted very frequently by radiologists and radiographers, clinicians, medical students and students of other paramedical disciplines - in fact by anyone who wishes to deepen their appreciation of cross-sectional anatomy."
—RAD Magazine, 2008

"This is certainly the best text book of sectional anatomy about. It is beautifully produced and the photographs of cross sections of embalmed human material are the best I have ever seen. This book is an absolute must for radiologists and radiographers in training but it is also an essential reference book for anatomists and medical students. I would also strongly recommend it to those studying for the MRCS and the intercollegiate FRCS, as the ability to interpret images is an important part of the viva component of the examination. It will be consulted frequently by anyone who wishes to enhance his or her appreciation of cross-sectional anatomy. It is a veritable gem."
—Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England

"I would recommend this book to any student studying medicine."
—Oxford Medical School Gazette

Edgar F. Allin
This is a large-format, substantially modified second edition of an atlas first published in 1991. In it, 117 full-color, large photographs of sections from 15 embalmed cadavers and numerous smaller corresponding CT and MRI scans from living subjects are presented with brief comments. The aim of the atlas is to illustrate sectional anatomy in all cardinal planes, showing similarities and differences among different imaging modalities, to assist clinicians in interpreting such images. The intended audience appears to be primarily clinicians in such fields as radiology, internal medicine, and surgery. Many medical students would find the book valuable, but the price puts it out of reach for most. The book begins with a brief history of publications on sectional anatomy, and a summary of various recent advances in radiologic imaging methods, emphasizing different MRI ""sequences."" A series of life-sized, whole-brain photographs is followed by sectional illustrations, in three planes, of the head, neck, trunk, pelvis, and perineum. The last section is devoted to sectional figures on the limbs, including all major joints. Photographs of cadaveric sections are large, beautifully printed in color against a black background, and labeled by superimposed numbers accompanied by a key. Radiographic images are much smaller and number labels are on adjacent outline drawings. This may be the most esthetic of the 37 sectional anatomy atlases and CD-ROMs in print, and is reasonably priced for its size and quality of printing. Numerical labeling does not permit rapid interpretation, but avoids cluttering and is convenient for self-testing. There are more errors in labeling than expected for a secondedition, and the brief comments sometimes seem a bit inappropriate (for example, referring to histologic aspects). Collapse of the sub-arachnoid space and expansion of the subdural space in the cadaver is not pointed out as being artifact. Overall, however, the book is superior to most similar atlases.
As with the previous edition (1991), color photos of cadaver sections are compared with CT (and now MRI) images taken from life using the latest equipment. The images are accompanied by identification of structures and descriptive clinical notes, lending to the book's value as a reference for radiologists, radiographers, anatomists, and students of anatomy, radiology, surgery, and medicine. Two of the three authors are affiliated with the U. of Cambridge; the third with Guy's Campus, London. The volume is oversize: 10x14<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340912225
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/18/2008
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 13.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold Ellis, Professor and Clinical Anatomist, Division of Anatomy, Cell and Human Biology, Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine, London, UK
Bari M. Logan, University Prosector, Department of Anatomy, University of Cambridge, UK
Adrian Dixon, Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Cambridge; and Honorary Consultant Radiologist, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK

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Table of Contents

Superficial dissection
Selected images
Axial (Male)
Axial MRIs
Temporal bone/inner ear - Axial CT
Coronal (Female)
Sagittal (Male)
Axial (Female)
Sagittal (Male)
Axial (Male)
Axial (Female)
Mediastimun - Axial CTs
Coronal MRIs
Coronal chest CT
Coeliac and great vessels
Axial (Male)
Axial (Female)
Lumbar spine - Axial CTs
Lumbar spine - Coronal MRIs
Lumbar spine - Sagittal MRIs
Axial (Male)
Coronal MRIs (Male)
Axial (Female)
Axial MRIs (Female)
Coronal MRIs (Female)
Sagittal MRIs (Female)
Coronal abdominal CT
Hip - Coronal (Female)
Pelvic girdle
Thigh - Axial (Male)
Knee - Axial (Male)
Knee - Coronal (Male)
Knee - Sagittal (Female)
Leg - Axial (Male)
Ankle - Axial (Male)
Ankle - Coronal (Female)
Foot - Sagittal (Male)
Foot - Coronal (Male)
Shoulder - Axial (Female)
Shoulder - Coronal (Male)
Arm - Axial (Male)
Elbow - Axial (Male)
Elbow - Coronal (Female)
Forearm - Axial (Male)
Wrist - Axial (Male)
Hand - Coronal (Female)
Hand - Sagittal (Female)
Hand - Axial (Male)
Shoulder girdle

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