by Richard S. Snell and Mark S. Smith, 862 pp, with illus, $125, ISBN 0-8016-6549-3, St Louis, Mo, Mosby-Year Book, 1993.
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Why review an anatomy text? What can one say about it? Good drawings, excellent photographs, clear accompanying text. What else?
This text is different. It is directed specifically to the emergency physician, and the authors have made the text unique among anatomy books. The division into basic, surface, and clinical anatomy is extremely useful to the emergency physician. When a question arises about the anatomy of a certain body part, all the information is there for the perusing.
The text is not just a compilation of pictures with descriptions of component parts. Yes, the conventional has been included. But even in the basic anatomy sections, significant and useful clinical notes are supplied. These notes are pertinent to emergency medicine. The basic anatomy drawings and photographs are very good. I would only wish that line drawings accompanying radiographs appeared on the same or facing pages. This would eliminate having to constantly
van de Leuv JH. Clinical Anatomy for Emergency Medicine. JAMA. 1994;271(6):478-479. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510300090054