Authors: Ben Pansky and Thomas R. Gest
Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013;
289 pp. + index, $59.95 list
The operative words here are concise and illustrated. The volume is thin at only 289 pages and beautifully illustrated without being overwhelming. Many of the illustrations are familiar, having been taken from Tank and Gest’s Atlas of Anatomy. New illustrations have been rendered to closely match the colors and style of the Tank and Gest atlas, producing a uniform look.
Each of the three regions in the title is assigned a chapter, which is then divided into several short sections
covering a particular subject— for example a structure, an organ, or a system. Each of the sections is only two-to six pages long, beginning with introductory material, proceeding to more detailed information, and always ending with clinical considerations. Each section also is beautifully illustrated with one or two
pages devoted entirely to illustrations. Moreover, the illustrations and white space are well proportioned on the page, giving a very pleasing effect. The text likewise does not crowd the page. The format invites one to select a topic and, by reading a few pages and looking at the illustrations, get a basic review of the topic correlated with medical considerations, whether you are a student or an instructor. Anyone who needs
more information can always dig deeper in one of the many ponderous volumes available.
One area I often look at when examining new anatomy books is the description of the superficial and deep perineal spaces, as this seems to befuddle anatomy students at first. Pansky and Gest do a very good job of describing and illustrating this concept. However, I would point out that, while the text description of the superficial and deep transverse perinei muscles is accurate, the two muscles look virtually identical as being cord-like in the illustrations. The superficial muscle is also left out of the description of the contents of the superficial space on page 254. Minor defects overall.
I intend to list the series as highly recommended study aids in the syllabus for Clinical Anatomy, the first year anatomy course I direct for medical and podiatry students. I also believe this volume, and presumably the others in the series, would make excellent review books for board examinations. Online access to resources, including an image bank, is available to instructors adopting the text.
Review: Bruce L. Manion, Ph.D., professor and chair,
Department of Basic Biomedical Sciences,
Wm. M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine,
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Review Date: December 2012