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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John A. McNulty, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: The second edition of this atlas comprises more than 1,000 illustrations accompanied by descriptive information presented in table format. The first edition was published in 1988.
Purpose: Anatomy is a visual subject. To facilitate its comprehension, the authors have compiled an impressive series of illustrations that are arranged alphabetically within the principal structural categories (e.g., arteries, bones, muscles, etc.). The breadth and high quality of the material are the result of the authors' cumulative years as teachers, illustrators, and instructional designers.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is designed primarily for the student who needs a "ready reference for finding significant information quickly," especially in preparation for exams. Actually, the audience for this book extends to anyone who requires a convenient reference of anatomical structures.
Features: The atlas is divided into sections on arteries, bones, muscles, nerves, veins. and ligaments. Except for the ligaments, each section lists the respective structures alphabetically with descriptive information in table form and up to 8 figures from various regions on the facing page. This mixing detracts from the intricate structural-functional relationships that students are expected to glean from each region of the body. The use of Latin terms in the tables could be another source of frustration for students, although equivalent English terms are used in the index.
Assessment: The quality of the illustrations and the information provided in the accompanying tables make this atlas a useful resource for those students of anatomy who require a ready reference of anatomical structure.