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October 22, 1982

Primary Anatomy

Author Affiliations

Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta


by John V. Basmajian, ed 8; 409 pp, with illustrations by Diane Abeloff, $22.50, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(16):2056. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330160094043

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Structure and Function in Man, by Stanley W. Jacob, Clarice Ashworth Francone, and Walter J. Lossow (with Laboratory Manual, 276 pp, 100 illus, paper), ed 5; 697 pp, with illus, $26.95, Laboratory Manual $11.95, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1982.

Primary Anatomy by John Basmajian has become known as an excellent text for "nonmedical university students" since the first edition was published in 1948. The eighth edition upholds the fine reputation of its predecessors. The author accomplishes the aim of the book by giving the beginning student the right amount of information about the embryology, anatomy, histology, and physiology of the human body.

In general, the book is well organized. The first 15 chapters are devoted to the systemic anatomy of the human body. In these chapters, the several systems of the body are described very well. Out of the 400 plus pages of the book, 175 pages are devoted to