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Clinically Oriented Anatomy, 6th Edition [Paperback]

Keith L. Moore , Arthur F. Dalley , Anne M. R. Agur
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February 9, 2009 0781775256 978-0781775250 6th

Clinically Oriented Anatomy, Sixth Edition, provides first-year medical and allied health students with the clinically oriented anatomical information that they need in study and practice. This best-selling textbook is renowned for its comprehensive coverage of anatomy, presented as it relates to the practice of medicine, dentistry, and physical therapy.

The Sixth Edition features a modified interior design with new and improved artwork that further enhances the user-friendliness of the text. The clinical Blue Boxes—with topical coverage of health, clinical procedures, physical examination, and development— are now grouped to reduce interruption of text and are categorized with icons to promote easier comprehension of clinical information. The Bottom Line summaries have been refined to clearly call out key points for quick study.

A companion Website offers the fully searchable text, interactive USMLE-style questions, and video animations. Online faculty resources include an Image Bank, Test Generator, and Course Outlines.

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"In my opinion it's the single best anatomy work available world-wide."—O. Paul Gobee, MD, Assistant Professor, Developer Anatomical E-learning, Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Leiden University Medical Center

(O. Paul Gobee, MD, Assistant Professor, Developer Anatomical E-learning, Dept. o n/a)

"The study of anatomy is often a challenging endeavour for many medical students. Central to the learning process is the use of a good textbook. Two of the most often recommended texts for medical students are Gray's Anatomy for Students (GAS), descended from the iconic text by Henry Gray, and Clinically Oriented Anatomy (COA), by Moore, Dalley and Agur.
"Both texts employ a regional approach to the study of anatomy. GAS separates each chapter into four sections: Conceptual Overview, Regional Anatomy, Surface Anatomy and Clinical Cases. The conceptual overview aims to provide the very basic concepts of each region in a concise summary before moving on to an increasingly detailed description. While this approach may be useful for the beginner or reviewer, the inevitable repetition creates a degree of redundancy. COA presents information in a 'bones up' format, progressively adding surrounding structures before detailing the arthrology of each region. Each chapter concludes with a series of radiographic images to complement integration and understanding.
"Certain striking distinctions are evident in the textual quality of each book. GAS aims to strip away irrelevant information into an easy-to-read summation while leaving intricate details for other texts. While this provides an excellent introduction for the neophyte, COA includes more rigorous explanations concerning the finer points and the complex interaction with surrounding structures. An enlightening example of the differing styles can be observed through the treatment attributed to the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle. A concise, tabular description of muscular attachments, innervations and basic function is provided in GAS in association with a stylised diagram indicating its position in the neck. Conversely, COA devotes an entire four page sub-section to a detailed discussion of the manner in which body position and the use of synergist muscle groups can alter function of the SCM beyond an isolated view of the muscle acting independently in the anatomical position. Thus, while simplified to enhance the initial integration of basic concepts, GAS may simultaneously perpetuate certain erroneous notions concerning the nature of anatomical function. On the other hand, the text in COA may reduce its effectiveness for the uninitiated, while GAS may prove to be too simplistic for the interested student.
"Both books approach diagrammatical representation through the use of computer-generated imagery, though distinct dissimilarities are visible. COA depicts each region by incorporating detailed and realistic diagrams which are thoroughly labelled. In contrast, GAS represents analogous images through a distinctly stylised fashion. Major structures are portrayed in an idealistic mode, which, in combination with relatively sparse labelling, may impede practical application, particularly in medical courses focussed on anatomical dissections. However the simplified overview, devoid of extensive detail, is potentially easier to comprehend for the less experienced anatomist. In addition to detailed, accurate labels, COA consolidates diagrammatic elements through representations in various anatomical planes. The depiction of distinct layers within each system aids the appreciation of the detailed nature of such structures. Ultimately, COA associates these illustrative characteristics through the use of numerous, detailed figures within each specified anatomical region. The use of COA may prove to be beneficial, both in dissection and in providing a broader scope of understanding.
"The integration of clinical aspects throughout a text is essential to the effective understanding of anatomical information. Both books appear to have achieved a relatively streamlined integration of such information through the utilisation of clinical vignettes. Complemented with relevant diagrams, topics covered in the text of these vignettes include information relating to development, anatomical variation, radiology and  pathology. For those without significant exposure to anatomy, having clinical information presented in such a fashion is an ideal mode for the consolidation of vital concepts. The use of end of chapter case studies in GAS allows the reader to evaluate their own level of understanding, a feature that is absent in COA. Radiological correlations in GAS are discussed further through an in-text approach. Alternatively, COA utilises radiological imaging juxtaposed with easily understood computer generated diagrams, allowing the student to understand the concepts therein with more clarity.

"Through our experience in both learning and teaching, we believe that COA delivers a more comprehensive insight into the study of anatomy. Not only does it encompass a strong clinical foundation, it provides the reader with enhanced factual information and diagrams. Contrastingly, GAS offers equivalent aspects in a more concise, readable form yet neglects more in-depth explanations. The choice of textbook will ultimately depend on both the school curriculum and the eagerness of individual students. Whilst providing an excellent synopsis into the anatomical world, the possibility exists that students may find GAS lacking after covering the basic concepts. It is our view that COA offers greater scope for continued learning throughout medical school and beyond."—Australian Medical Student Journal

(David Sparks, Gareth S. Davies, and Ashwarya Nath, All First Year Medicine (Grad Australian Medical Student Journal 2010-07-12)

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1168 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 6th edition (February 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781775256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781775250
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible anatomy text January 28, 2010
By st0w
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Clinically Oriented Anatomy is, without a doubt, the best anatomy text I have come across thus far. And at this point, I've got a shelf full of anatomy books. The writing is very clear and in nearly every passage, easy to follow. Sometimes the descriptions get a bit confusing if you aren't comfortable yet with anatomical orientation (superomedial, aborad, etc) but that will come with any anatomy text - it's part of the process of learning anatomy. The passages are far more easy to read than Gray's Anatomy for Students, and the blue box clinical correlates and sectional summaries do an excellent job tying things together. At the end of a given section, I always find myself coming away with a very solid understanding of the material I've just read.

It has been mentioned in other comments that the illustrations are not the best. And I agree with that. But this is a text, not an atlas, and therein lies the difference. The illustrations are meant to provide general orientation and understanding. The illustrations in Gray's Anatomy for Students are generally better than in this book, but they pale in comparison to any of the real atlases out there in content and detail. For true details and spatial comprehension, you need a real atlas. I'm preferential to Thieme for illustrations (the neurovasculature illustrations are just incredible) and Rohen for photographic images.

Combine a great text with one or two great atlases. That's the only way to truly learn anatomy.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so great August 16, 2010
By Alex
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I don't see how this book has almost five stars. In my first semester med school anatomy class everyone had this textbook (as it was recommended by the school). After the first month maybe 2 students still used it (out of 100 students). If you already know your anatomy and have a strong background, then this book will be great. If you are new to the game then all you really need is the gray's students edition for the introduction, the netters atlas for clarification, and the brs for details.

Dont be fooled by the whole 'clinically oriented' part, it's not as great as you think. The brs will explain these same fractures/diseases much faster and clearer...on top of that the brs online aspect supplies MANY more questions. AVOID.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent textbook! September 16, 2009
This book is very thorough with detailed pictures and explanations. It is well worth the money. I also bought Netter's, which is amazing, but is only pictures, no text. If you have little money, buy this one, not both and certainly not just Netter's.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best anatomy textbook August 25, 2009
If you have time, you should read this textbook in order to completely understand clinical anatomy. If you don't have time (like most of us), then the blue boxes are indispensable. The pictures throughout the text are a great complement to Netter's atlas. Great text!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book with nice illustrations August 21, 2009
Good book with nice illustrations. Minor oversight on a few illustrations (EX: where the Maxillary division of the trigeminal nerve exits the visocranium).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing December 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have decided to start ordering electronic books as much as possible so I do not have to carry them around when I need them on travel. The quality of the pictures in the book are not good. When you click on them for a larger image it is blurry. It is difficult to follow the book too. The figures are not along the book as you would expect when reading. If you want to see the figure that is associated with the reading you have to click on the figure link and it brings you to a different page. It's just not efficient in my opinion. I really like the hard copy book and have had them since PT school. There is a lot of great material in the book. However, I would rather stick with the hard copy version of this instead unless they format this better.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Honest Opinion (2.5 really) April 30, 2009
I am not a big fan of this textbook.
Nothing was concise, things were confusing.
If you have to know the branches of the arteries and nerves, it'll be impossible to use this book.
Get something like Thieme or BRS, more to the point (especially BRS). Pictures weren't that great either (granted its no sobotta, but still)
It is however still "clinically oriented" so depends on the university and their teachings.
I find it impossible to memorize anything from this or even make good notes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grays Anatomy's much easier to brother September 6, 2011
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This book hold the same info or very close to same in for as grays anatomy, it is just much easier to read then grays.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as expected, delivered as promises.
Just as expected, delivered as promises.
Published 2 days ago by Cougars
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Clinical Anatomy
This was a great book for my clinical anatomy and often the professors would take the case studies straight from the book and use them for exams.
Published 1 month ago by Bar2K
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great book. It's easy to read. My only complaint is that I wish I would have ordered a hard back book. The paperback is too easily damaged and now looks worn.
Published 1 month ago by Savannah Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome!!
Clear and organized anatomy book--perfect for my basic anatomy classes in medical school. Great pictures and organization. My go-to reference.
Published 2 months ago by Kristin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for Medical Anatomy
Would recommend this book to any medical student who wanna know their anatomy. Just read this book and don't waste time looking at other stuff. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Avinash
4.0 out of 5 stars not my favorite book but adequate for the task
Good: the images are terrific, the material is comprehensive. The summary tables are great.

Not great: I dread reading this book because it's so dense. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DPac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book and very relevant for my study of ultrasound, it is useful as it provides relational anatomy as well as imaging techniques as well
Published 4 months ago by A. S. Travaglia
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Textbook
The pages are very comfortable and images are beautiful and well sized. I loved the clinical correlations. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MedStudent01
4.0 out of 5 stars Great clinical anatomy resource
find this a great easy resource in clinic when treating patients. Diagrams and pictures are great and written anatomical and physiological data help greatly especially for areas do... Read more
Published 5 months ago by sarah Labrecque
5.0 out of 5 stars The best anatomy text for physical therapists... hands down
I have numerous Anatomy books.... Grant's, Gray's, Netter.... but this is the best one, because of the clinical commentary associated with the anatomy lessons. Glad I upgraded =)
Published 6 months ago by sweet thing
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