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Atlas of Human Anatomy, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

by Frank H. Netter
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January 15, 1997 0914168819 978-0914168812 2nd
Anatomy atlas by the late physician-illustrator. This work has become the top-selling anatomical atlas in the world. Includes detailed, full-color illustrations and a number of new plates in the Netter style by Carlos Machado. Previous edition: c1989. Softcover, also available in hardcover. DNLM: Anatomy--atlases.

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Now in its second edition, this is undoubtedly the best single-volume medical atlas available today, the only better resource being Netter's classic eight-volume set, published in 13 physical volumes over 33 years starting in 1959 and originally called CIBA Collection of Medical Illustrations after the publisher. (The name was changed to Netter's Collection of Medical Illustrations by the new publisher, Novartis.) Once again, Netter's masterly artwork has been faithfully reproduced, though the first edition (LJ 12/89) has been updated to reflect current anatomical knowledge and to incorporate new cross-sectional images to assist in the recognition of current "scanned" images. Organized by anatomical regions, the illustrations are colorful, easily defined, and clearly labeled, and the book closes with a very easy-to-use 48-page index. Highly recommended for public and academic librariesAEric D. Albright, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. Lib., Durham, NC
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Paperback: 525 pages
  • Publisher: Novartis; 2nd edition (January 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914168819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914168812
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest medical anatomy atlas available. June 29, 2000
Frank Netter's atlas compiles his paintings of every imaginable human body part, seen in various degrees of dissection, into one volume. Dr. Netter's talent for reproducing the facts of anatomy is exquisite and unquestionable. However, as one looks a little deeper, it becomes clear that Netter is in fact a guru of function as well. Nerves, outlined in an unearthly yellow, terminate on muscles they actually innervate. Tendinous insertions are always on the correct part of bony protuberances, and fiber direction is always carefully detailed. Any unusual functional variances, such as the dual sympathetic/parasympathetic function of Vidian's nerve, or such as the pulley effect on the trochlear nerve, are always painstakingly pointed out. Netter also excels in variation, presenting, for example, 11 normal variants of the cystic and hepatic ducts.
The alternatives are few and inadequate. Pernkopf is often cited as Netter's chief rival; his experimentation on living persons incarcerated in Nazi concentration camps forbids me from perusing his text, on ethical grounds. Grant's atlas is laughably inadequate by comparison, both in number and quality of the plates. And Gray's, the old standby, simply cannot measure up; Netter's bold colors and functional depictions are clearly superior.
Rohen and Yokochi, a photographic atlas, offers the advantage of being photographs of superb dissections, and therefore more like what one encounters in the anatomy lab. Some find it useful as a supplement to Netter's atlas. I also used Moore's textbook of anatomy; the plates, from Grant's atlas, are not so good, but the text can be used to expand and illuminate on the relevant plates in Netter's, and the text is well written and clear.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Atlas of Human Anatomy" March 23, 2000
I have been a forensic pathologist for more than twenty years and refer to texts and atlases of anatomy on an almost daily basis. This is, by far, the best atlas I have ever used. Dr. Netter's genius lies in his being able to render complex anatomy in lucid and easily grasped pictures that still look like the real thing. He makes it appear effortless and his real brilliance can only be grasped by comparing his atlas to other (and usually more expensive) works that just do not measure up. I wish I had this atlas in medical school, but am delighted in being able to refer to it now. It is one of those pearls that every first year medical student, nursing student and paramedic simply must have in their personal library. It will prove indispensable in every stage of their careers.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR FIRST YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS!!! August 24, 1996
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I am the mother of a first year medical student. My daughter was at a loss in her first month at school - struggling with her Gross Anatomy Course. Our family doctor (he is actually a Neuro-Surgeon) suggested that I purchase Netter's "Atlas of Human Anatomy" swearing that he could never have gone through Anatomy it. I live in Malaysia and my daughter is studying in the Philippines. In both countries, we could not find this book! I found it right here at Amazon! The book was shipped by DHL and it has since been my daughter's bedside companion. She is still struggling with her Anatomy Course...but definitely this book of Netter has helped her SO MUCH. I have read through it myself and realized how difficult it is really to be a doctor. Atlas of Human Anatomy is a genius's work of art. Netter clearly defines the anatomical parts of the human body. Other reference/text books that are of great help to Anatomy students are: Grant's Atlas of Human Anatomy (which also has a Dissector) and Rohen & Yokochi's "Color Atlas of Anatomy" which is a photographic atlas of cadavers - a very good guide for practicals. Both books (Grant's and Rohen's) are found right here at AMAZON
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57 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated April 11, 2005
Netter's genius shines in the CIBA books, not on this atlas. It lacks fundamental correlations with what today's student must acquaint themselves with: MRI, CT, x-rays, and not to forget physical examination.
I guess the rave is all about only knowing this atlas, and also because older professors only know this atlas. I am not saying this is a bad atlas at all. All I am saying is that there are other choices that integrate information in a more meaningful way for today's medical student.
Our anatomy dissection group had Netter, Sobbotta, Grant's, Yokoshi's, and McMinn's atlases. We found Netter and Sobbotta to have "pretty pictures". Yokoshi had cadaver sections only, but they were executed by anatomy experts. If you followed it, you would get in trouble and section something you shouldn't (we become so appreciative of the human body's simmetry because of that). Same with McMinn's (and we also found some dissections not very inteligible, I might add). Students that displayed avoidance behavior towards dissection, and were more of the "exam cram" types favored Netter (that might also have been because of a lack of curiosity regarding other atlases). But we were not so, we stayed until late in the dissection room, only leaving when the night shift guard *made* us leave.
The atlas that truly delivered a nice view of anatomical *relations* between parts, and had dissections we could follow on the table, and that contained clear correlations with clinical and imaging information (part of our anatomy exam involved not only cadaver but x-rays, CT, and clinical topography) was Grant's Atlas of Anatomy. That was what we discovered trough trial and error. It costs a lot less than some other atlases, and it is underrated, but it delivers much more. But YMMV.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Niece
I got this for my niece who went to school for esthetician and now she is done with that. She wants to become a dermatologist so this book has and will help her
Published 2 months ago by Tanya Pownall
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift for student in med/health related fields
For anyone interested in anatomy this book is a must. phenomenal. a think of beauty. i do not regret this purchase and still refer to this book often
Published 4 months ago by Cecil Price
5.0 out of 5 stars like the detaails
this book is a must for anyone who works in the medical field. Anatomy is much more detailed, it helps me to understand what's going on during surgery.
Published 7 months ago by T. Dove
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
This is a gorgeous detailed book, truly beautiful. I have had one for 20 plus years and just bought 2 more to have more in my office. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chess Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars As advertised
We were looking for a few copies of the Netter Atlas for our cadaver lab. They get abused and I was reluctant to pay full retail for a new version from our campus bookstore. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jason Mihalik
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures
this book helps to make visual connections. Pictures are amazing which helps one better understand and remember A&P. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lily Townsend
3.0 out of 5 stars Online access no longer available for fourth edition
As of May 2013, online access to the fourth edition is closed. If you buy the fourth edition, even a new book, you will not be able to see the company's online content. Read more
Published 10 months ago by smith24
5.0 out of 5 stars Atlas of Human Anatomy is great for teaching.
I bought the book for my nephew for his A&P course he is taking, it is a favorite of mine
Published 11 months ago by pat h
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful way to learn anatomy
This is a great way to understand the body and how it works and what a healthy body looks like. Makes learning anatomy fun. I highly recommend this book for everyone.
Published 12 months ago by Beverly Dunford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
This is a good picture book. Full of all kinds of different views of the diagrams. It is a very helpful tool. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Anna
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Does this edition come with a CD?
From what I have been able to gather online from the publisher (Elsevier), the Professional Edition is the only one that is supposed to come with the CD, which is purported to contain "over 80 of the most important anatomy illustrations from the book to use in presentations and... Read more
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