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Book and Media Reviews
January 9/16, 2008

Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: General Anatomy and Musculoskeletal System Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: Neck and Internal Organs

JAMA. 2008;299(2):220-226. doi:10.1001/jama.2007.36-a

In the preface to both of these volumes, the authors state that their goal in designing these works was to create “the ideal atlas of anatomy . . . ideal for students wanting to learn from the atlas, acquire reliable, up-to-date knowledge, and master the extensive amounts of information while on a busy class schedule.” Accordingly, these authors surpassed their goal and subsequently raised the bar for future anatomical atlases. These atlases provide comprehensive treatments of human anatomy, combining stunningly detailed illustrations; tables and charts summarizing pertinent anatomical information, such as muscle innervations and actions, arterial branching patterns, and branchial arch derivates; and meticulous schematic representations of complex anatomical subjects such as autonomic nerve plexus distributions. The accessible formats are useful for beginning medical students learning this subject for the first time and for clinicians refreshing their knowledge of human morphology.