Clinically Orientated Anatomy, 6th Edition

by: Keith L. Moore, Arthur F. Dalley, Anne M. R. Agur
1168 pp. paperback, $84.95

The 6th edition of Clinically Oriented Anatomy is in some aspects very similar to its previous 5th edition, a classic regional anatomy book with an emphasis on clinical correlates. It surely remains an attractive frst choice for the frst year medical, physical therapy, and other health-related student studying for board exams or preparing for clinical rotations. The book has not changed its 10 color-coded sections, with a very thorough and complete subject index. Its Blue Boxes still provide relevant, concise, and concurrent clinical information that brings basic anatomy to life.

The great modifcation of this edition is its modifed interior design with new and improved artwork that further enhances the user-friendliness of the text. The clinical Blue Boxes are now grouped to reduce interruption of text and are categorized with icons to promote easier comprehension of clinical information. The publisher includes a companion Web site offering the fully searchable text, interactive USMLE-style questions, and video animations. Online faculty resources include an Image Bank, Test Generator, and Course Outlines. The online material is pretty similar to the one that was included in CD-ROM format in the last edition.

The most valuable characteristic is that the book is written in a clear and easy language, with no evident errors seen in its fnal editions, and with up-to-date anatomical terminology. Its well organized content makes this publication one of the best clinical anatomy books for the frst-year anatomy course medical student, as well as a handy reference throughout one’s medical training.

But there are some setbacks in the 6th edition of this valuable book. First is that the great change from the last edition is mostly aesthetic; the changes made in the clinical content could have been deeper to make this edition more interesting than the previous. Second, the CD-ROM material in the previous version was easier to use than the online content provided with the new version. Nonetheless, this edition is a worthwhile addition for the medical student with an interest in a clinical anatomy personal library.


Ariel Gustavo Scafuri, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Morphology Dept.
Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brasil

December 2009

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