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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 138  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 154-155

Recent human anatomy: Regional and clinical, vol. II, Thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum


Department of Anatomy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110029, India

Date of Web Publication6-Aug-2013

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T S Roy
Department of Anatomy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110029
India
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Roy T S. Recent human anatomy: Regional and clinical, vol. II, Thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum. Indian J Med Res 2013;138:154-5

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Roy T S. Recent human anatomy: Regional and clinical, vol. II, Thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Aug 10];138:154-5. Available from: http://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2013/138/1/154/116215

Recent human anatomy: Regional and clinical, vol. II, Thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum, 1 st ed. Jagannath Prasad (Macmillan Publishers India Limited, Delhi) 2012. 483 pages. Price: 858.00

ISBN 978-935-059-100-0

The author's objective was to provide a comprehensive textbook of anatomy in three volumes. The author wrote these books from his vast teaching experience. There is no doubt that the author is an outstanding and skilled teacher who has his own way of teaching, but it is also true that all excellent teachers are not always high-quality writers. In India, most of the gross anatomists write a textbook at the end of their teaching career. This textbook is not different from the other textbooks available in the market written by Indian authors. The Medical Council of India (MCI) has changed the anatomy curriculum and an undergraduate student gets hardly nine months to study anatomy. This fact has not been kept in mind while writing this book. Even Gray's Anatomy has come with a simplified version for students, but one is yet to see a student's edition of anatomy textbook written by an Indian author. Most of the Indian medical schools advocate the Cunningham's Dissection Manual, as it gives complete information about the dissection and identification of each and every anatomical structure.

The author's thought processes have been put collectively and made available in a textbook format. There are tips, mnemonics and lists of questions to bring out the relevance and basic principles of anatomy. The author's philosophy has been translated in the book, thereby in many occasions the language is telegraphic. For example, in descriptions concerning descent of testis the author writes "In search of cooler temperature the testis descends…." Does testis search for a cooler temperature in the intrauterine life? Regarding subdivisions of gut he writes "The gut is subdivided into following three parts: 1. Foregut: For digestion supplied by celiac artery, 2: Midgut: For digestion and absorption supplied by….." The author provides incorrect information as well as mixes dissimilar information: subdivisions, functions and blood supply do not match with the title. In many places line diagrams have been drawn incorrectly. Two diagrams show the abdominal aorta behind the "Medial arcuate ligament", it should be "Median arcuate ligament". One figure shows the psoas major muscle taking origin from the intervertebral disc, which is not true. The formula for sacral index is incorrect. There are innumerable examples of incorrect and incomplete information, old concepts, odd English throughout the book. The histology and embryology sections are to be completely rewritten. The clinical anatomy section is full of old and incorrect concepts. At the end of the book some sectional anatomy drawings are given. It would have been better to give these drawings along with the real CT or MR pictures. X-ray, MR and CT pictures are hopelessly catastrophic. A similar comment is applicable for the MCQ section. The book should be edited by a language editor and a technical expert before it is released in the market. The clinical anatomy section should be updated by a clinician.




 

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