The Anatomy Coloring Book 4th Edition
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About the Author
Wynn Kapit, the designer and illustrator of this book, has had careers in law, graphic and advertising design, painting, and teaching.
In 1955, he graduated from law school, with honors, from the University of Miami and was admitted to the Florida Bar. He practiced law both before and after military service. Four years later, he decided to pursue a childhood ambition and enrolled at what is now the Art Center College in Los Angeles, where he studied graphic design. Afterwards, he worked in the New York advertising world for six years as a designer and art director. He “dropped out” in the late 1960s, returned to California, and began painting. His numerous exhibitions included a one-man show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in 1968. He returned to school and received a master’s degree in painting from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972.
Kapit was teaching figure drawing in Adult Ed in San Francisco in 1975 when he decided he needed to learn more about bones and muscles. He enrolled in Dr. Elson’s anatomy class at San Francisco City College. While he was a student, he created the word-and-illustration coloring format that seemed to be a remarkably effective way of learning the subject. He showed some layouts to Dr. Elson and indicated his intention to do a coloring book on bones and muscles for artists. Immediately recognizing the potential of this method, Dr. Elson encouraged Kapit to do a “complete” coloring book on anatomy and offered to collaborate on the project. The first edition of The Anatomy Coloring Book was published in 1977, and its immediate success inspired the development of a completely new field of publishing: educational coloring books.
Kapit went on to create The Physiology Coloring Book with the assistance of two professors who were teaching at Berkeley: Dr. Robert I. Macey and Dr. Esmail Meisami. That book was published in 1987 and has gone through two editions. In the early 1990s, Kapit wrote and designed The Geography Coloring Book, now in its second edition.
LAWRENCE M. ELSON
Lawrence M. Elson, PhD, planned the content and organization, provided sketches, and wrote the text for the book. This is his seventh text, having authored It’s Your Body and The Zoology Coloring Book and co-authored The Human Brain Coloring Book and The Microbiology Color ing Book. He received his BA in zoology and pre-med at the University of California at Berkeley and continued there to receive his PhD in human anatomy. Dr. Elson was assistant professor of anatomy at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, participated in the development of the Physician’s Assistant Program, lectured and taught dissection anatomy at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco, and taught general anatomy, from protozoons to humans, at City College of San Francisco.
In his younger days, Dr. Elson trained to become a naval aviator and went on to fly dive-bombers off aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific. While attending college and graduate school, he remained in the Naval Air Reserve and flew antisubmarine patrol planes and helicopters. His last position in his 20-year Navy career was as commanding officer of a reserve antisubmarine helicopter squadron.
Dr. Elson is a consultant to insurance companies and personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys on causation-of-injury/death issues, a practice that has taken him throughout the United States and Canada. He has testified in hundreds of personal injury trials and arbitrations. His research interests are focused on the anatomic bases of myofascial pain arising from low velocity accidents.
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I've found it beneficial to read through all the NAMES first, checking for parts that have similar names. Second, choose SIMILAR COLORS for SIMILAR NAMES or FUNCTIONS. For example, I chose Red, Orange and Yellow for the "Levators"; 2 colors of Blue for the "Zygomaticus Major" and "Zygomaticus Minor"' and 2 shades of Brown for the "Depressors" (page 44). Then look over the basic diagram to get a feel for the order which they appear in the body. Assign the colors in order by location in the diagram. For instance, go from back to front as follows: Red (back), Orange (middle) then Yellow (front). This natural color transition helps solidify the order they appear from postier to anterior or superior to inferior (whatever the case may be) etc. NOTE: I realize this takes extra time planning your colors, but it really makes it easier to memorize when there is a consistant plan in place for what the colors visually symbolize.
Finally, color in the Name First then repeat the names while coloring in that particular portion of the diagram. . I also underline the names on the left page the same as the diagram color - just makes it faster to locate if I want to look for something later...not necessary, but nice.
I pre-ordered my book as I wanted the newest edition. I LOVE MY BOOK and ended up having to order a couple of extras as gifts for my "nurse" friends who wanted a fun way to refresh their memory too!
One thing I also like is they give you a little study outline for the page you are about to color, detailing what they do.
It was the best money I could have spent to help me pass lab this Summer!
Pros: Short explanations on every page on the parts that you are coloring and their functions.
: It makes you color in the part as well as its name so you remember how it is spelled
: Uses terminology that you must (eventually) be familiar with e.g: "anteriorly" and "posteriorly"
Cons: While most of the diagrams (thus far) are pretty clearly drawn, some are extremely small (the diameter, and some times smaller than the diameter of the tip of the colored pencil)
: Some diagrams are not very clearly labeled thus, makes coloring it confusing.
e.g: on page 4, you are to color male and female reproductive systems. However, the "stars" that mark areas that you are not supposed to color are microscopic! I actually accidentally colored in an area that I was NOT supposed to color because I could barely see it.
: You need more than the recommended 10 colors are stated in the introduction- you probably need 48 because some colors such as red, blue, yellow, purple, and green are associated with specific parts. Also, you are to color using light colors and some pages have letters from A to N that you have to use different colors for.
My suggestion: buy the book, buy lots of colored pencils, buy NEON colored pencils and also, buy bright colored gel pens with a 0.38 point. Those will come in handy when you are coloring linings of anything. Trust me, some of these linings are SO narrow, you would be coloring out of the lines if you don't have a pen. Plus, these linings are to be colored in light of bright colors so get some neon or even pastel ones!!
I wish this came in a the ring binder format with reinforced punch holes to resist tearing. This would make it easy to pull out an entire page and color it side by side with other assignments. The book is just a pain to hold open while coloring, but this a very minor thing and mostly a want.
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It could ENHANCE your knowledge if used as a visual aid, although not if you plan to use it for its intended purpose ... colouring.
Colouring this book as a HOBBY however is GREAAAT! It is an easy to use colouring book with simple rules to follow on each page and some standard ones that span the entire book. It has summary columns on the left and the colouring pages on the right. You can easily spend hours on this and enjoy a bit of light reading (things you should already know for anatomy students but interesting to learn for the general public!).
Amazing for your mental health by taking time to zen out and be pre-occupied for a while. So depending on your intent for the book it could be either 0/5 or 5*s!
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I'm enjoying the book a lot, and finding it wonderful for learning, but it must be pointed out that the paper is too thin to use my Stabilo 68 water-based felt-tip markers on, as they bleed through to the other side. Luckily, I found this out by testing the markers on one of the blank pages at the back of the book.
Pros: Images are printed only on one side of the page, but if you use felt tip markers and they WILL bleed through - it can make reading the accompanying notes more difficult. I have also tried using Stabilo CarbOthello coloured pencils, but unfortunately, the colour simply sloughs off the paper onto the opposite page! Ugh!
So, I'm left with making copies of every page, and colouring with my felt tip pens on those, because my printer paper is thick enough to prevent bleeding.
It would be nice if this book was accompanied by a PDF version which you could print pages off, thereby avoiding the aforementioned problems.
All in all, an excellent book and learning tool, and I look forward to trying the other books in the series: Physiology, Chemistry, etc. Just watch out for the paper thinness, and be prepared to do a lot of photocopying!
At my university, my physiotherapy society highly recommends this book to help assist with the knowledge that is getting taught on the course. and I can see why!
- The book provides very accurate and detailed images, labels as well as a correct and very succinct description of all the bodily systems, muscles etc.
- very well laid out and easy to colour in and key the colours against the correct terminology
- Detailed lists of Nerve supplies and muscle origins and insertions (Very much needed in the physiotherapy OSCEs!)
None! It's brilliant!
Page 21 states that extension at the ankle joint is called dorsiflexion, and flexion of this joint is called plantar flexion; this is incorrect and in fact the exact opposite. These terms are correctly labeled on the diagrams, however this would be confusing to someone who is not familiar with these terms, and makes me question what other mistakes are in this book.
The book is well set out and is of good quality which adds to the feel of the item. To follow the colour scheme advised for the diagrams you will need a fairly extensive set of colouring pens/pencils. I've recommended to other students who have also found this to be really beneficial.
Overall, a good quality item, nicely presented and has really helped with my learning.
We need to be able to visualise the human body, and this book is a great way of doing it.
It's interactive in that you colour in the body, you memorise it as you work, it honestly does help a lot.