Principles of Anatomy

Salem. Apr. 2020. 400p. ed. by ed. by Richard M. Renneboog. ISBN 9781642653892. $165. REF
Introducing students and researchers to anatomy fundamentals, editor Renneboog (Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues) provides solid scientific background on the human body with simple, jargon-free language. More than 150 articles are alphabetically arranged; each features an article abstract, key concepts with definitions, a detailed essay, a bibliography, and “see also” references. Contributors include academics, health care professionals, researchers, independent scholars, and medical writers. Small but distinct illustrations identify and clarify concepts, people, medical issues, and body parts. Unlike an anatomy atlas or Grey’s Anatomy, this work goes beyond human anatomy with entries tackling everything from organs (kidney, liver), cellular components (alveoli, blood, DNA, alleles, helper T cells), and people (philosopher Aristotle, neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing, scientist Charles Darwin) to disease and medical care (allergies, Alzheimer’s, dermatology, birth defects, amputation, childbirth) and the anatomical side of social issues (aging, abortion, longevity). Despite some uneven writing, entries are reader-friendly. The cumulative bibliography contains titles ranging from 1976 to 2017, with the majority falling between 2008 and 2017; users will also find here selections taken from the brief additional reading bibliographies at the end of each entry. A helpful glossary and detailed index add to this title’s accessibility.
VERDICT Complementing Gale’s Human Diseases and Conditions, this will be invaluable to the general public, as well as to students and researchers in need of background or introductory material outside of their expertise.
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