March 1981

Grant's Method of Anatomy

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Ann Arbor, Mich


ed 10, by J. V. Basmajian, 625 pp, with illus, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1980.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(3):372. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380150090032

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The tenth edition of Grant's Method of Anatomy by John V. Basmajian carries on the tradition of clarity and simplicity in the presentation of essential anatomical information established by the late J. C. B. Grant of the University of Toronto, whose first edition of this book was published in 1937. This present edition of 625 pages in 50 chapters covers seven regions of the human body. This reflects the contemporary trend to condense anatomical information into regions, rather than the encyclopedic systemic method customarily used prior to World War II.

In each chapter, the anatomical material is presented in summary paragraphs, using precise and uncomplicated language. On almost every page, there are diagrammatic line and stipple-tone drawings and color plates, which summarize and clarify the material described in the text. These illustrations are remarkably practical and helpful for understanding anatomical structures. Clear diagrams such as these can present principles better

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