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Anatomy as a Basis for Clinical Medicine

Richard S. Snell, MD, PhD
JAMA. 1985;254(17):2478-2479. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360170118048.
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It is refreshing to see another text-book of gross anatomy written primarily for medical students by an anatomist, who is also a doctor of medicine.

Because of the limited time available for anatomy in the curricula of most medical schools, Craggs-Hall has concentrated on those topics of greatest importance. A brief introductory chapter covers anatomical terminology and basic structures in anatomy and includes a note on radiological anatomy. Chapters 2 through 9, which can be approached in any order to suit a particular course, deal with the regional structure of the body. The chapter on the head and neck was left to the end of the book, at which point the student would have achieved sufficient experience to understand and appreciate the complexity of the region.

The book is profusely illustrated, and many of the diagrams are in color. Scattered throughout are roentgenograms of excellent quality, although explanations of the


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