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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John A. McNulty, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This new atlas (translated from the German and Spanish editions) is a two-volume set of anatomical dissections inferior to the diaphragm. Color plates are presented in Volume 1 with corresponding labeled black-and-white images in Volume 2.
Purpose: According to the author, the principal purpose of this atlas was to develop "preservation techniques that produced little change in the natural appearance of gross anatomical structures." Toward that end, he has compiled an exceptional collection of color plates illustrating details of anatomy, especially in the fascia, that are not available in other atlases.
Audience: This atlas is highly specialized and is designed for surgeons and those students who already have some knowledge of descriptive anatomy. The text is limited and emphasizes only those structures needed for orientation to the corresponding color plate. Accordingly, the atlas is not suitable for a basic course in anatomy, although some of the plates would be very useful to demonstrate the actual appearance of some anatomical structures (e.g., the superficial inguinal ring and the indirect inguinal hernia).
Features: The most impressive feature of the atlas is the more than 200 high-quality color plates depicting various anatomical dissections, many of which are oriented toward operative procedures. Each plate is accompanied by a brief description highlighting structures important for orientation. The second volume of the set has the same illustrations in black-and-white, marked with arrowheads and numbers that are keyed to a list of anatomical structures.
Assessment: Surgeons and advanced students of anatomy will find the atlases useful as references. They will need ample desktop space to accommodate both volumes.