Learning anatomy often feels like learning a new language. At the moment you may feel learning is mostly about passing exams. Exams are important, but there is something more important. In the not too distant future you will be a doctor and knowledge of anatomy will be invaluable in almost every interaction you have with patients. A good knowledge of anatomy is, in some ways, like having X-ray vision. The baby you are about to vaccinate – how will you know what lies beneath
the area you are about to inject? The man who comes into A&E having cut his hand with a saw – why can’t he bend his fingers? The woman with abdominal pain – why does she feel pain where she does? Learning anatomy can seem daunting, especially in the early stages, but it is important to remember that whilst a good knowledge of anatomy will be invaluable to you as a doctor, your knowledge will also be important to your future patients who will put their trust in you to care for them.
The Fourth Edition of this book contains a concise but detailed coverage of the topic. In this new edition, the importance of a good knowledge of anatomy and its relationship to clinical medicine is clear. The hints and tips boxes and clinical boxes provide an understanding of why you are learning what you are learning.
New sections on radiology highlight the importance of CT and MRI scanning in medicine, and provide an introduction to interpreting what can often be complex images. The final section of the book contains best-of-five questions and 100 extended matching questions to reinforce your knowledge and allow you to think about anatomy as it relates to medicine. I hope that this book helps you to not only improve your knowledge and understanding, but to appreciate the importance of anatomy in the practice of clinical medicine.
FY2 Doctor, NHS Fife
The anatomy of the human body is truly awesome and a source of never-ending fascination for many people. Understanding how the structure of the body relates to its functions has been the foundation of medical education and practice for hundreds of years. The fact is that even today all doctors need a good working knowledge of anatomy. Most students would agree that there is a lot of anatomy and that it is not only difficult to know where to start, but also what to focus on!
The purpose of this book is to give you a concise review of ‘really useful’ anatomy with plenty of diagrams to help you visualise the most important structures and hints about what may be particularly significant from a clinical point of view.
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You will need to know your anatomy well to pass your exams, but also, and in the end more importantly, to be able to examine your patients effectively, to recognise abnormality and to perform procedures safely.
Louise Stenhouse (now an FY2 doctor) has brilliantly revised the content of the book both from the point of view of a medical student just starting out and of a junior doctor wanting a concise review. I believe you will find her text accurate, straightforward and logically organised. There is new introductory material in
the first chapter to give you some essential background and many new and relevant clinical boxes to highlight the importance of anatomy in clinical practice.
With the help of Mark Jones, Consultant Radiologist at the Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, the radiology has been updated and improved to reflect the ever-increasing importance of medical imaging in modern diagnosis.
I have been involved in teaching anatomy for a while now and I suggest there are three useful approaches to take when you are trying to learn it. Importantly, give yourself plenty of time - you cannot cram it before an exam and expect to have the understanding to apply it to clinical problems. Learn the big picture first,
and then tackle the details. And finally, learn anatomy on yourself; aim to visualize the 3D structure of your own body (for example your hand); you will carry those images with you wherever you go and in effect you will be walking around in your very own anatomy atlas.. ..
Good luck, I hope you find the book indispensable both now and as a reference in the future!
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