By Susan Standring, MBE, PhD, DSc, FKC, Hon FAS, Hon FRCS
Pub Date: October 28th, 2020
Reviewed By: Brian R. MacPherson, PhD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
This 42nd edition of the gross anatomist’s bible relies on over 100 contributors organized by 10 section editors. This intricate arrangement ensures the addition of only the best and most up-to-date contributions. The electronic resources are stellar.
The purpose is to provide the ultimate in descriptive detail of the anatomy of the human body using a regional format. The book is routinely enhanced and updated with the latest new details from published articles. This is the gold standard in anatomy, used worldwide by anatomists and clinicians of every specialty and at every learning level. It is a reference for instructors and a guide for clinicians.
Realistically, this is not an entry level learner book. It used to be that graduating clinicians were gifted a copy by their parents, and this is even more relevant now with the reduction in anatomical detail in the curriculum. Undoubtedly used by residents in all surgical-based specialties, it often holds a special place on the bookshelves of practitioners in every field.
The anatomy of every structure in the body is covered. Following introductory topics like cells, tissues, and systems; embryogenesis and development; and neuroanatomy; the human body is organized into regions for a regional anatomical treatment. Each topic area is thoroughly discussed by system: osteology, musculature, vascular supply, etc. Full-color diagrams and schematics help readers relate structures to function. Each topic chapter has a bonus ebook content section at the end outlining the additional materials available as well as key references.
There is no book to compare to Gray’s Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. This is a unique, all-encompassing treatise on the anatomy of the human body and the clinical relationship of structure to function. Its continual evolution embracing new information and diagnostic techniques will keep this book forever relevant and at the apex of anatomical publications.
© Doody’s Review Service, 2021, Brian R. MacPherson, PhD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine) Review Score: 100-5 Stars!