December 19, 1980

Grant's Method of Anatomy by Regions Descriptive and Deductive

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago


by John V. Basmajian, ed 10; 625 pp, with illus, $26.95, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1980.

JAMA. 1980;244(24):2771. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310240063039

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For more than 40 years, this text has been employed by students of anatomy. The concept of regionalization employing logical deduction initiated by the late Professor Grant remains as viable today as the day of publication of the first edition.

The full text has been condensed 10%, notwithstanding "cautious" introduction of new text and illustrations. The reader's concentration is often jarred by the need to shift many pages to relate an illustration to the text. This is difficult to remedy and is another reason why a more encyclopedic text or atlas should be used in conjunction with Grant's Method. The 30 radiographs suffer in reproduction—they often appear to be overexposed and provide little, aside from affording a freshman medical student the novelty of viewing a picture of an x-ray film.

The text is suitable for the clinician who wishes to correlate his hazy recollections of anatomy with a current clinical