Grant's Atlas of Anatomy, 13th Edition

Author: Anne M.R. Agur and Arthur F. Dalley II

Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2013; 851 pp + index, $84.95 list

This edition of Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy is a hybrid textbook and atlas as it has combined clinical comments with anatomical illustrations. The text complements the pictures by adding relevance to the various structures depicted. Each chapter is prefaced with a table of contents that is useful and, to my knowledge, a unique feature. Navigating the atlas is also aided by its regional organizational format with color-coded page tabs. This atlas should appeal both to undergraduate health science students and medical students.

Specific features of pedagogical excellence include the following:

  • The clinical comments throughout blend anatomical knowledge with clinical knowledge.
  • The charts clearly identify muscles, attachments, innervation, and actions.
  • The inclusion and coupling of diagrams with diagnostic images and with cadaveric specimens reinforcesanatomical knowledge. (While this is a strong feature of this atlas, I would like to see it taken one step further when a clinical condition could be illustrated. For example, a photograph of peau d’orange sign could be included to complement the clinical comment.)
  • Labeled surface anatomy showing the topography of where organs and structures would be deep to the integument adds to students’ diagnostic abilities.
  • The three-dimensional volume reconstruction (3DVR) images further add to the richness of the diagnostic images.

While my overall impressions were very positive, I noted some areas for improvement. The preface notes that the book is aimed at “medical and health sciences education” and “ future health care practitioners,” but I think it would be helpful to have the authors mention the level of students (i.e., undergraduate students, medical students, graduate students). In a few instances, there are no citations for the
clinical information. Sometimes anatomical descriptions are vague. For example, “middle ribs” are referred to instead of noting ribs 3-10. Another shortcoming was that there are sometimes no clearly identifiable labels for the diagnostic images. Finally, there are instances where more explanation is needed for students to orient themselves to the diagnostic images.

By and large though, I was impressed with the pedagogical features of this atlas and would highly
recommend it for any student studying anatomy in the context of health care and medicine.

Reviewer: Donna Newhouse, Ph.D. (c), Lecturer, Medical Sciences,
Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Review Date: December 2012

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