December 1981

Pernkopf Atlas of Topographical and Applied Human Anatomy

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New Haven, Conn


edited by Helmut Ferner, Baltimore, Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1980.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(12):1598. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380240078015

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American medicine owes a great debt to Dr Monsen for his graceful and accurate translation of this edition, as well as the one of 1963, and a debt to Prof Ferner for his fastidious attention to anatomical accuracy and artistic merit. The high quality of this and the following volumes make the Atlas an invaluable adjunct to the libraries of medical students and physicians.

My first exposure to the excellence of European atlases was the threevolume Spalteholz atlas of 1923, shortened into a poorly copied single volume during World War II. A rival atlas by Sabotta was popular during my medical-school days. The Sabotta atlas has experienced a renaissance at the hands of Prof Figge at the University of Maryland and Prof Clemente at UCLA. All of these atlases attempt to serve as abbreviated textbooks as well, and deserve to be commended for the excellence of presentation despite some variations

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