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Color Atlas of Anatomy: A Photographic Study of the Human Body
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2010
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I am a first year medical student and find that this is a great tool to use when for studying for practicals. For me, the two best features are:

-The lines that point to structures only have numbers on them, with a small area of the page that says what those numbers correspond to. This makes it very easy to test yourself. The downside to this is that if it is your first exposure to the structures you're looking at, you'll be constantly looking at numbers and finding the corresponding name, which isn't as quick & easy as if the lines were labeled with the name of the structure. However, this is also why it's good to have some familiarity with the structures before using this book by, say, studying the first time with a regular anatomy book.

-This being photographs of real bodies means that you see all of the tissue types in every image, and they are well labeled. I find it easier to remember what nerve or artery supplies a given muscle if I can see them both at the same time, which many regular texts don't do, at least not often enough.

As another reviewer noted and as I have alluded to, this should be used in conjunction with another anatomy book. Use a standard one to learn the structures and concepts, and then use this one to help you identify it on a real cadaver. Plus, it's always good to see things more than once. I use the Thieme Atlas of Anatomy as my primary atlas and love it. It's a relative newcomer, so you don't hear about it as often as the established giants like Netter and Grant's, but I think it's superior to either of them. The art work is incredible (better than Netter) and it includes some occasional extras peppered throughout, like small radiographs and sidenotes.

This is not a waste of money only to be purchased if you don't go to lab. The reality is that this book would be a waste of money if I had a labeled cadaver at home, at the cafe, in the little Chinese restaurant down the street, on the bus -- everywhere I can take this book to study. And speaking of labs, this book is very handy to have in the lab during dissection, as it is so well labeled and depicts images of exactly what you are doing.

Don't make this your only anatomy text. If you are in an undergraduate level course with no cadavers, this is probably overkill; just get Thieme or something. But if you're using cadavers and especially if you're being tested using labeled cadavers, you should definitely buy this book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2010
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Rohen is seminal to every facet of anatomy I care to think of. The extremely high quality of the prosections aid in lab and dissection work, the few diagrams clearly express functional relationships and the image and binding quality superb.

This new edition has added a badly needed online consult and as with previous editions tweaking of the image content (this does however differ little from previous editions). Rohen does need to be used in conjunction with more typical atlases, commonly Netter's or Grant's as due to its purely pictorial nature some information is obscured. That being said Rohen is as close as you can get to learning human anatomy without having wet specimens sitting in front of you.

To put it simply Rohen is the bomb.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2011
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I have Grant's, Moore's, Blumenfield, Haines, and a few other random anatomy texts, but Rohen's is THE best for anatomy practical exam preparation. I also have the Rohen's Photographic Anatomy Flash Cards, but don't bother with those; just get the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
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I am a first year medical student and this is the only book I use in my anatomy class. We are doing a full human body dissection and half of our grade is practical testing with structures tagged on 22 different cadavers. This book is great because it labels structures on real cadavers. I am more than happy with this purchase and highly suggest this book to any person dissecting a human body (serial killers not included).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2013
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This is an excellent resource, however, I am disappointed with the pelvic section and the arterial systems for each section. I think they could improve those areas with more diagrams.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2014
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I am a general surgeon specialising in HPB & Transplantation. I do not have any profit by writing this review. This book is the best anatomical atlas ever!! I bought it when I was a medical student and I can still reference to it if I need. It's the real stuff, not only schematic depictions. No matter if you buy it or borrow it; at least try it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2011
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Rohen's atlas is not only affordable (and hardcover), but has a far more realistic approach to anatomy. Unlike Netter's drawings, Rohen's atlas has hundreds of photographs of perfectly dissected fresh cadavers. I somewhat like that the parts are labeled with numbers (with a legend in the corner) because it's nice for when you're trying to memorize diligently, but I think I would actually prefer for the structures to be labeled directly with a name.

While Netter's atlas is a bit more organized and quite a bit more "ideal," you must supplement it with true anatomical pictures (or actually go into the anatomy lab.) Rohen's Atlas will surely save you a few trips to the anatomy lab.

You get quite a bit for your money (in my opinion) compared to Netter's Atlas and I hope that the new standard of Anatomical Atlases becomes Rohen and not Netter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
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I am a Dental student and would highly recommend a photographic anatomy atlas as it gives you the most applicable images as they are of the real thing. If you are working with cadavers, don't learn everything from a drawing as the real thing looks nothing like a drawing. Also with the photographs you really get to see the correlation of the different systems within a section as they are not separate so you see the nerves with the vessels and muscles. I have both Netters and this atlas and both help with studying although the photographic is the most helpful. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2010
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I cannot say enough how helpful this book has been to my medical school career thus far. The dissections in Rohen's Color Atlas are beautifully done, with structures clearly labeled in large, high-quality photos. The Atlas also contains simplified graphics to illustrate the relationship between different structures or to show muscle origins and insertions. Obviously, there is no substitute for instruction and dissection in the Anatomy lab, but this book comes close. Everything is simplified and clearly laid out and can be a great guide for identifying structures on real cadavers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2011
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As a medical student in gross anatomy, I found this book to be an excellent resource to supplement your studying. Cadaveric dissection is messy and sometimes difficult to learn relationships on poorly dissected bodies, and this book will help you be at ease when studying in the lab. I don't recommend it as a replacement for either Netter (or similar atlas) or actual lab study, and it is definitely not necessary to buy it. That being said, I definitely recommend it for anyone that prefers cadaver study to cartoon anatomy.
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