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February 27, 1981

Atlas of Topographical and Applied Human Anatomy, vol 1: Head and Neck; vol 2: Thorax, Abdomen and Extremities

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1981;245(8):867. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310330055030

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The Pernkopf Atlas of Topographical and Applied Human Anatomy is in the tradition of some of the great pre-war European atlases. The drawings are skilled and precise. The color is excellent, permitting sharp discrimination of tissue layers, fascial planes, and organs. The x-ray films are of high quality, enabling correlation of bony and soft tissue landmarks with the anatomic diagrams. The logical sequence of the dissection demonstrations is appreciated in both volumes.

In the spirit of complementing the illustrative material, it is hoped that some of the five cross-sectional drawings will be paired with some views composed by computed axial tomography. The reference lines are rarely troublesome. However, the Latin terminology is distracting to the modern American student. While not insurmountable, it would have been easier and faster for the reviewer to identify structures in English without the extra step of translation. It is appreciated that the Latin may be