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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Archana Laroia, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: (Sandeep Laroia, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics) , collaborated on this review.)
Medical students often struggle with translating their knowledge of anatomy into cross-sectional imaging. This book pairs images of normal and abnormal anatomy of the same area of the body using plain x-ray, CT, MRI, and ultrasound.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a visual experience so that the images become meaningful to medical practitioners. This is a worthy goal and the authors have succeeded in jumpstarting the translation of medical imaging.
Audience: Although this book targets medical students, it would be useful for allied health professionals as well.
Features: Almost every page has two or more sharp, crisp images on good quality, glossy paper. All images are labeled in red, making it easy to follow, and are accompanied by boxed brief descriptions and references to Gray's Anatomy for Students , 2nd edition, Drake et al. (Elsevier, 2010) and McMinn's Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy , 6th edition, Abrahams, et al. (Elsevier, 2008). The layout leaves space for additional note-taking. Separate chapters cover all major organ systems and the book follows an intuitive, head-to-toe approach. While this book is strongly recommended for medical students and other allied health professionals, the labeling could be more extensive, so all important landmarks on an image are covered, not just the basics. Some of the images certainly can use more labeling; the mammogram on page 40 has no labeling, and sagittal spine reconstructions on page 110 and 111 can use more labels. The vascular system could have been a separate chapter, although some of the entities of this system are covered with other organ systems. The 11-page index is very useful. The book is easy to carry for quick reference, fitting in a white coat pocket.
Assessment: This is a high quality, useful pocket reference for medical students. There are other applied anatomy books, such as Applied Radiological Anatomy for Medical Students , Butler et al. (Cambridge University Press, 2007) , and Essential Medical Imaging , Gibson and Mitchell (Cambridge University Press, 2009). However, combining normal and abnormal anatomy on the same page leads to a deeper understanding and fulfills the targeted audience's requirements superbly.