January 1983

Anatomy for Surgeons, vol 3: The Back and Limbs

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Cheyenne, Wyo


ed 3, by W. Henry Hollinshead, 878 pp, with illus, $72, Philadelphia, Harper & Row Publishers Inc, 1982.

Arch Surg. 1983;118(1):132. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390010098030

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As a function of training and background, there is always a dichotomy between the approach of the anatomist and that of the surgeon to anatomic informational requisites. Here is a fine text for orthopedic residents and medical students on their clinical clerkships. However, for practicing orthopedists it proves wordy and diffuse, The author frankly disclaims its usefulness as an anatomic atlas. As with any interpretive writing, it is subject to the frailties of the interpreter.

In the technical view the third edition is very similar to the second. It has been shortened by 18 pages, apparently in an effort to reduce production costs. As a result, many tables have been compressed and rearranged, occasionally at the price of some clarity. Conversely, chapter headings in this third edition have been printed in red and it is a more readable version.

A strength of the book is its discussions of embryology and

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