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From The CriticsReviewer: David W. Brzezinski, MD(University of Michigan Medical School)
Description: Significantly, this regionally organized atlas of human anatomy primarily uses expertly dissected cadaveric images. This update provides significant additions to the fifth edition which was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an integrated approach to the study of human gross anatomy by way of assimilating cadaveric dissections with clinical cases, surgical photographs, and pathological images. This is an outstanding resource, and is most certainly welcome in an age when students of the health sciences eagerly seek to apply, analyze, and synthesize the basic medical science knowledge that they must learn..
Audience: The authors direct the atlas at students of medicine, dentistry, physical and occupational therapy, as well as radiology and surgery residents. Faculty and teachers of human anatomy will find this a refreshing resource full of clinical examples that will help their students better understand many foundational anatomic relations and principles.
Features: Cadaveric dissections are expertly labeled, and relevant artistic drawings are included to clarify important concepts and relations. Succinct descriptions of the region and important clinical pearls are inserted when needed. Of particular appeal are the hundreds of clinical cases and images, many of which are radiologic, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and surgical. Also of note is the concerted effort with which the authors consistently demonstrate images of surface anatomy throughout the entire body. The art, images, and radiographs are of exceptional quality and greatly enhance learning. It is particularly enjoyable to study a book such as this and gain an appreciation for how structures actually look.
Assessment: This is a great resource for all students of human anatomy, regardless of their particular field of study and regardless of their current level of expertise. It is especially useful for students desiring extensive clinical correlation and those wanting to truly understand how the human body really looks, despite the great value of many atlases using various drawings and art. I already use McMinn's Color Atlas of Head and Neck Anatomy, 3rd edition, Logan et al. (Elsevier, 2004) extensively in my teaching of students and residents. I am excited about the way this new edition will further enhance my teaching (and student learning!) of the entire human body.