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July 19, 1985

Atlas of Surgical Anatomy for General Surgeons

Author Affiliations

University of Michigan Medical Center (Emeritus) Ann Arbor


by Stephen W. Gray, John E. Skandalakis, and David A. McClusky, 361 pp, with illustrations by John E. McClusky, $148, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1985.

JAMA. 1985;254(3):431. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360030125042

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This 361-page book contains 14 sections, including the neck, thyroid and parathyroid, breast, diaphragm, abdominal wall and viscera, common and rare hernias, testis, inferior vena cava, and the superficial veins of the lower limb. The right-hand pages display large, labeled illustrations, sketches, and helpful schematic diagrams and insets, many in color. On the facing pages, brief paragraphs or lists review the pertinent anatomical and practical considerations and afford an easy reference to the illustrations. Basic embryology is included, along with some congenital anomalies. The gross and surgical anatomy of selected regions and organs, including adjacent structures, vessels, nerves, and lymphatics, are presented in a clear and logical manner. Some data are included without literature citation.

In recent years gross anatomy instruction has been neglected and so attenuated in the basic science curricula of many medical schools that it has become almost an orphan in anatomy departments. This is a serious