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A third edition appearing only a few years after the original publication indicates the favorable acceptance of the author's approach to anatomy. Woodburne has poured the content of classical anatomy into a new and smaller vessel by a regional presentation which proceeds from the superficial to the deep, thus paralleling the dissection; yet by systemic headings, illustrations, and numerous crossreferences within each region, the book allows systemic integration in the mind of the student.
The work lives up to its title by covering concisely the essentials of human anatomy without being encyclopedic. An outstanding feature is the first chapter which presents general concepts in anatomy, arranged by body systems.
The new third edition reflects many improvements. More than 50 illustrations have been added, among them five new, fully labeled color plates and a number of radiographs; many drawings have been greatly improved by enlargement; a graded series of cross-sections has
Lachman E. Essentials of Human Anatomy. JAMA. 1965;193(6):549. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090060139032
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