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From The CriticsReviewer: Mark Jaffe, DPM, MHSA (Nova Southeastern University)
Description: This alphabetized and pictorial review of human anatomy uses a two-page format, with the text in table format on the left-hand page and the corresponding illustrations keyed to the text on the right-hand page. This updated version adds a small section on the ligaments and provides easier navigation and identification of arteries, veins, muscles, and nerve structures on the illustrations. The first edition was published in 1988.
Purpose: The authors have created a student-centered study aid to assist medical or allied health students taking human anatomy. The book facilitates the visualization and review of the many arteries, bones, muscles, nerves, veins, and ligaments of the human body.
Audience: Medical or allied health students taking human anatomy are the primary target audience for this publication. Due to its extensive illustrations, it can also be used by practitioners as a patient education tool. The alphabetical organization of the anatomical structures lends itself to student learners' needs.
Features: This review is limited to the arteries, bones, muscles, nerves, veins, and ligaments of the human body. The hallmark of this work is represented by the over 1,000 fine illustrations. The text is organized alphabetically in table format with large bold letters corresponding to the structures to be identified on the illustrations. The traditional colors of red for arteries, blue for veins, yellow for nerves, and terracotta for muscles highlight each of these structures. The bones are illustrated in light magenta, and ligaments in black and white. The tabular text is well organized. Each artery and nerve includes its origin, branches, and distribution. Each vein includes its location, drainage, tributaries, and into what it empties. Each bone includes its location, basic description, articulation, and muscle/tendon attachments. Each muscle includes its origin, insertion, innervation, and action. The ligaments of the body are listed in an appendix using descriptive summaries. The primary shortcoming of this book is that it doesn't cover the viscera and other organs and tissues of the body beyond the six sections it does emphasize. Although it includes a section on ligaments, only the humeroscapular joint ligaments are illustrated on one page. All other ligaments are described and listed in a glossary-like appendix.
Assessment: "As a trained anatomist currently teaching human anatomy and physiology courses, I know that one of the most difficult tasks for students is to quickly learn the plethora of anatomical structural terms. This book, because of its organization and extensive illustrations, is a useful companion to required anatomy textbooks. Its usefulness is as a time-saving reference to help students review and view the numerous arteries, veins, bones, muscles, nerves, and ligaments. It is neither a complete human anatomy atlas nor an anatomy textbook, rather it is a niche book without any direct competition in the marketplace.