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Book and Media Reviews
January 9/16, 2008

Clinically Oriented Anatomy

JAMA. 2008;299(2):220-226. doi:10.1001/jama.2007.14

This large treatise (1209 pages) can be considered the most complete textbook of clinical anatomy available today. The text in the book is aided by outstanding figures from the 11 editions of John C. Boileau Grant's classical anatomical atlases. These are very capably re-edited and supplemented by hundreds of creative and illuminating anatomical and clinically relevant art produced by Dr Anne M. R. Agur.

Among the reasons that this work is such an important contribution is the fact that enormous changes are occurring in the curricula of most medical schools throughout the world. Medical school educators are emphasizing to a much greater degree today than in previous decades the clinical relevance of information presented in the basic science courses in the first 2 years of medical school. Additionally, there is an increasing emphasis on basic science information and principles in the clinical clerkships of the second 2 years of medical education as well as in the didactic aspects of the residencies. These curricular changes are now well under way. Drs Moore and Dalley recognized the need for a clinical anatomy textbook, and they have arguably produced the best book of its type in the world.