April 1967

Basic Human Anatomy.

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USA El Paso, Tex


By Helen L. Dawson, PhD. Price, $8.95. Pp 332, with 337 illustrations. Appleton-Century-Crofts, 440 Park Ave S, New York 10016, 1966.

Arch Intern Med. 1967;119(4):430. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00290220180022

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This is a good book of basic human anatomy, but it is not outstanding. The latter fact reflects less on the author's ability with words and pictures than on her circumscription of the subject. Basic anatomy is not very amenable to condensation; its presentation should be an all-or-nothing affair.

We are told in the preface that the book is intended for beginning students; later in chapter 2 it is suggested that the book is designed for study without dissection. Presumably, it is a book for student nurses, physical therapists, and undergraduates with a passing interest in human anatomy. For such an audience this book will be a clearly-presented and well-organized reference text. For the medical student or other serious student of anatomy the book has little value.

Human anatomy, even when studied in conjunction with cadaver dissection, can be distressingly tedious. Most medical schools have made little progress over the

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