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Book and Media Reviews
May 6, 2009

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Atlas of Anatomy

JAMA. 2009;301(17):1825-1831. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.593

As the number of anatomy curriculum hours continues to decrease at many major medical schools, Tank and Gest recognized the need for a new anatomical atlas emphasizing those structures most likely to be taught in the modern curricula. Provided with the unique opportunity to build an original atlas from the ground up, the authors of this fine volume did not disappoint. Drawing on their combined 60 years of classroom teaching experience, they designed an atlas with a strong approach to presenting anatomical information in a sequence not only logical from a teaching perspective but highly accessible to students as well. In fact, the authors' primary intent in their design was to create images that are faster and easier for students to use, because “speed and ease of use have become critical needs in the era of compressed anatomical curricula” (p vii).

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