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Book and Media Reviews
November 9, 2011

Atlas of Pelvic Anatomy and Gynecologic Surgery

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Baystate Health System, Springfield, Massachusetts (rtb@bhs.org).

JAMA. 2011;306(18):2036. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1635

You will have to learn many tedious things . . . which you will forget the moment you have passed your final examination, but in anatomy it is better to have learned and lost than never to have learned at all.—W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), Of Human Bondage

Although Maugham's advice to medical students may ring true for many, a detailed knowledge of normal anatomy allows those undertaking the surgical disciplines to recognize the changes brought about by the many forms of pathology that can be treated surgically. The greatest strength of the third edition of Michael Baggish and Mickey Karram's Atlas of Pelvic Anatomy and Gynecologic Surgery is its detailed presentation of pelvic anatomy. In addition to excellent color drawings coupled with photographs, the book presents extensive material using cadaver dissections. Although the still photographs from the cadavers are often difficult to follow even when structures are labeled, the book includes a DVD divided into several sections that demonstrate important anatomical landmarks during the course of dissection. The various units also provide additional anatomical discussions when presenting many of the surgical procedures.