July 1975

Atlas of Human Anatomy, vol 1-3

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edited by H. Ferner and J. Staubesand, English editors: Frank H. J. Figge and W. J. Hild, 275 pp per volume, complete set, $100, each vol separately, $37.50, Hafner Press, 1974.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(7):849. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360130081027

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Sobotta's three-volume atlas was initially published in 1903. It is surely sensible and useful to keep such a beautiful classic in circulation. This English edition, edited by the late Dr. Figge for volumes 1 and 2, and by Dr. Hild for volume 3, is based on the 17th German edition of 1972 edited by Ferner and Staubesand. In that edition, 60 new illustrations and 50 new tables were added, a fair amount of textural material was deleted, and the Paris 1955 nomenclature was adopted. The American editors have translated the previous Latin legends and the German wording into English.

Sobotta wrote that he intended the atlas for medical students and physicians, not for the professional anatomist. Indeed, it was meant to be used stepwise with the beginners' dissections. In this, he was overwhelmingly successful. Generations of medical students have found the atlas, consisting mainly of somewhat idealized illustrations in beautiful

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