Atlas of Anatomy Latin Nomenclature Edition

Author: A.M. Gilroy, B.R. MacPherson, L.M. Ross, M. Schuenke, E. Schulte and U. Schumacher

Publisher: Thieme Medical Publishers, 2009

656 pp, 100 tables, 2200 illustrations, hardcover, $129.95


The shelves in student bookstores are crowded with a plethora of human anatomy atlases. Most students are directed to choose those works that have become classics in the field. Is there room or a need for another human anatomy atlas? Based upon the more than 2,000 exquisite illustrations that strike the right balance between detail and clarity, I would say this new atlas will earn itself a place on the shelf. The first-year medical student will benefit from not being overwhelmed with excessive minutiae.

In terms of organization, this atlas focuses on regional anatomy as taught in graduate programs rather than the systems approach used in undergraduate studies. Interestingly, the authors present each body region from deep to superficial. Each region begins with the bony structures, followed by the musculature. Neurovascular structures are then delineated along with specific organs. Relevant surface anatomy closes
out each section to assist the student in recognizing those anatomical structures just under the skin. The sections on the Upper Limb, Lower Limb, and Head & Neck also include topography illustrations that help the student see all the structures in context to each other.

Other features that help to make this atlas stand out are the numerous tables filled with concise but useful information and the clinical boxes that provide relevant medical conditions directly related to the anatomy just exposed. Furthermore, purchase of this atlas includes access to the online study aid that includes additional illustrations, quizzing, and diagnostic scans.

This new Atlas of Anatomy Latin Nomenclature edition is a companion to the anglicized Atlas of Anatomy that these same editors published in 2008. The only difference between the two atlases is the labeling of structures in the original Latin in this edition. Many students in an introductory human anatomy course might balk at the additional financial cost of this version and the necessity of defining anatomical terms from another language. That said, the primary audience for this atlas over the authors’ companion work would most likely be international students and those academics who prefer the purity of the original Latin labels.


Reviewer: Mark Jaffe, DPM, MHSA Associate Professor, Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, Nova Southeastern University

Review Date: June 2009

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