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August 1974

Practical Anatomy.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(2):335. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360020195042

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This 263-page volume of the third German edition of Rohen's book intends to answer "the need voiced by many a harassed medical student about learning or reviewing anatomy in a short time and in a practical context." Like any condensation, it does not seem suitable for learning anatomy, at least not initially, but it admirably fulfills the need for reviewing it.

Such reviewing comes when the student is ready to appreciate quite fully the regional and practical aspects of the subject that Rohen emphasizes. The emphasis is present in both the text and the illustrations. Many of the excellent figures are based on more comprehensive German texts of regional anatomy. Blood vessels and other structures and cross sections are presented within phantoms of the part to sharpen one's understanding of three-dimensional relationships.

Coverage of the various parts of the body is quite evenhanded. References, unfortunately, are only to textbooks of

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