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Book and Media Reviews
April 26, 2006

Anatomy, Surgery, History

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(16):1947-1952. doi:10.1001/jama.295.16.1947

Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord. —Ezekiel 37:5-6

The Atlas of Human Anatomy and Surgery of Bourgery and Jacob is a colorful bouquet of scientifically accurate surgicoanatomical plates, as alive today as 150 years ago. It is a big book (12 × 16 × 3 inches), and even without the original 2108 pages of scientific text, this volume of 725 plates representing 1439 figures weighs in at a bounteous 14 pounds.