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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael F. Dauzvardis, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This fourth edition is an attempt to improve the already widely acclaimed 1993 third edition atlas. It is composed of nearly 1,000 color photos of human dissections, along with detailed legends and over 200 clinical notes.
Purpose: The guiding principle in preparing this fourth edition, according to the authors, has been to emphasize clinical anatomy and make this popular atlas even more "user-friendly." By including over 100 new photos and a special icon-based guide to information based according to medical discipline, the authors have met their objectives.
Audience: From undergraduate biology to advanced surgery, it encompasses many levels of anatomical expertise. Content ranges from simple review diagrams to photos of detailed dissections; even one disputing the discovery of a much publicized "new" muscle.
Features: This book is more than adequately illustrated with a collection of detailed dissections, MRIs, computer generated figures, and hand drawn diagrams. The table of contents and index are adequate. The quality of the dissections is exceptional. In some photos, no muscle fiber appears to be out of place. Diagrams at the end of the book offering a cursory review of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and nervous systems should prove useful to the novice.
Assessment: This atlas serves as an excellent supplement to a textbook of anatomy or hand drawn atlas. This "paperback cadaver" provides exceptional review for a student preparing to take a laboratory practical exam in human anatomy. With a 20 percent increase in the number of illustrations from the previous edition, this work is a worthy addition to the already vast volume of anatomical reference material.