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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an anatomic model of the hand and wrist in a CD-ROM format. The interactive format allows the user to rotate the anatomic structures, dissect layer by layer, and point and shoot to identify and learn anatomy.
Purpose: The interactive CD-ROM format allows the student of hand anatomy to study the subtle, in-depth intricacies of hand anatomy with the immediate feedback and educational support not available in any other format. This saves a return to the anatomy lab.
Audience: The authors have defined the audience as hand surgery fellows and medical residents. Indeed, it is of even greater value to orthopedic, plastic surgery, and general surgery residents who are asked to perform hand surgery. It is also a great educational tool for educators in anatomy.
Features: This CD-ROM includes diagrammatic models, corresponding sequential MRI scans, and videos of cadaveric dissections to maximize the user's exposure and learning experience. It is easy to load, use, and navigate. The ability to rotate images allows users to study anatomy from all angles as if they had the structure in their hands. The only suggestion to improve might be increasing the amount of audio available.
Assessment: This is the newest addition to the series on interactive anatomy from Primal Pictures, Ltd. The images are of highest quality, and the series is a great tool to learn anatomy. I look forward to additions to the series that include more pathological specimens or anatomy. We have the entire series in our orthopedic library and the residents love them.