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November 21, 1986

Color Atlas of Anatomy: A Photographic Study of the Human Body

JAMA. 1986;256(19):2740. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380190110041

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Another anatomy book? Why? The authors justify this new edition as reflecting reality, which is quite true; as presenting regional and "stratigraphic" aspects—true again; and as limiting the subject to the essential and self-explanatory—not quite true.

Gross anatomy today, unfortunately, is the stepchild of basic sciences. It fills me with great joy and admiration to see that scientists still have the desire and the stamina to dissect and learn and help others to learn from this wonderful frame, the human body.

This book presents, in one volume of 417 pages, a colorful panorama of photographic anatomy. God only knows how much time and effort was needed to create this beautiful book. The dissections are meticulously detailed and the color photography is highly successful. The authors selected the photographs carefully to present in toto the several areas of the human body.

There are many diagrams that are of tremendous help, especially