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The Anatomy Coloring Book [Paperback]

Wynn Kapit , Lawrence M. Elson
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25 Jun 2001

For over 23 years, The Anatomy Coloring Book has been the leading human anatomy coloring book, offering concisely written text and precise, extraordinary hand-drawn figures. Organized according to body systems, each of the 170 plates featured in this book includes an ingenious color-key system anatomical terminology is linked to detail illustration of the structures of the body.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (25 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805350861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805350869
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wynn Kapit graduated in 1955 from the University of Miami, Florida with honors in Business Administration and Law. He then attended Art Center School in Los Angeles and worked in New York as a graphic designer and advertising art director from 1960-66. He moved to California to pursue a painting career and was given a one-man show at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco in 1968. He then attended the University of California at Berkeley and received a Masters in Painting and worked as a portraitist and teacher of figure drawing.

While taking a class in human anatomy at San Francisco City College, he discovered a way to effectively learn the subject by coloring in drawings, diagrams and names. The teacher of the course, Lawrence Elson, Ph.D. agreed to help him produce a coloring book. Elson wrote and Kapit designed and illustrated The Anatomy Coloring Book, which was published in 1977 and has been a widely-translated bestseller ever since. The Physiology Coloring Book was published in 1987, with the assistance of two professors from Berkeley: Robert Macey and Esmail Meisami. The Geography Coloring Book was published in 1991; Kapit drew the maps and wrote the text. The Anatomy Coloring Book was published in a second edition in 1993, and second editions of Geography and Physiology Coloring Books will be published in 1997.

Lawrence M. Elson received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Zoology (Pre-Med), and completed his graduate and Ph.D. work in Human Anatomy also at the University of California, Berkeley. Elson has served as an instructor in human anatomy at the City College of San Francisco, an assistant professor of anatomy at Baylor College of Medicine, and as a lecturer at numerous additional universities and professional organizations.

Elson is the founder and president of Coloring Concepts, Inc. (CCI), producer and packager of college level, educational, scientific directed-coloring texts. He is the author/co-author of the Anatomy Coloring Book, Human Brain Coloring Book, Zoology Coloring Book, and Microbiology Coloring Book.

Presently, he is principally functioning as a clinical and forensic anatomist retained as a consultant to governments, provinces, insurance and other corporations, and law firms on causation of injury issues in cases in or anticipated to be involved in litigation.

Future plans include expanding CCI by developing new titles in the physical sciences and other education-related disciplines.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for learning anatomy 3 Aug 2007
By Beautiful Freak VINE VOICE
Having just completed the first year of a medical degree, I can vouch for the usefulness of this anatomy colouring book. While I might have felt like my education had regressed somewhat after hours spent colouring in, this really is an excellent way to learn.

The diagrams are so clear and well laid-out that I ended up cutting out the pages and using them as an integral part of my notes. The page on the peritoneal sac was literally the clearest explanation I've seen anywhere. But as well as that, the actual process of putting coloured pencil to paper means that they stick in your head far better than a diagram you've just stared at in a book. It's a welcome (and often therapeutic!) respite from reading/writing notes, and the challenge of a different way of learning really makes the massive memory task of anatomy much easier.

However, as others have said, it's by no means sufficient on its own as a way to study anatomy. Perhaps its greatest weakness is that it's organised systemically, ie muscles/bones/nerves/blood vessels etc. This is an approach that's more useful when it comes to learning the muscles and bones, but it gives barely any indication of the relations to other structures - something that's essential to learn especially in a medical degree, and which my course particularly focussed on. This also means that details such as nerve/blood supply to muscles is rather weak. As well as that, the more 'physiological' pages (eg the immune system) are much more messily drawn and less clearly set out.

However, in conjunction with other resources and used alongside a more detailed anatomy course, this is a very useful book, and one which made learning anatomy much easier.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent learning guide 22 Jan 2006
I teach anatomy and my students were, to say the least, sceptical about being made to colour in pictures with coloured pencils. But believe me, if there is a better way to learn human anatomy I havent heard of it! Excellent drawings with colour codes for each structure of all the major systems (skeletal, muscular, nervous, vascular etc), which make learning and revision for the subject a total breeze. Highly recomended.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like colours this book is for you! 4 Nov 2004
I am a teacher of anatomy and physiology and i recommend this book to all my students. It only appeals to those students who like to learn in colours, i.e. you will need to use different colours for each of the muscles shown in the illustrations. it is a 'grown ups' colouring book - by following the instructions on each page you can grasp a clear picture of the structure of each system in the body. I think its a great book!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 26 Oct 2003
By Kate
This was the best anatomy book that i bought for the first year of my physiotherapy course. I used it loads for revision of anatomy and i'm still using it for neuro and cardiopulmonary in the second year. A brilliant investment(especially for a tenner)!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good as learning aid or for revision. 29 Jan 2006
By Jonathan VINE VOICE
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For various reasons I decided to revise my anatomy this year after a break of 24 years and bought this book for entertainment purposes.
In 1982 this book was in its first edition and I remember considering purchasing it, but everyone bought Snell and I wasn't prepared to take the risk. In the end I ended up learning anatomy by drawing my own diagrams so this book would have probably come in handy.
The diagrams are clear and the process of colouring-in key elements helps with learning. However the textual information is superficial and the body's components are not integrated together.
I think this book is well placed if you want to use visual imagery to learn anatomy or if you need a revision aid. However you will need other sources if you want to learn gross anatomy in detail from scratch.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This book doesn't really go into the depth that it required of you at medical school BUT it has been really handy in understanding the basics such as terminology and provides a good overview of topics. So, I would recommend using the book before you start studying the topic in med school or use it as a revision tool. It covers a lot of subject areas including embryology.

As a colouring book, the pages are far too thin to use felt/ink pens on as the ink just leaks through to the next page...obviously colouring pencils are fine to use. There's also plenty of room next to the text where you can add your own notes and annotations. The drawings are really impressive too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome not a gimmick its awesome 19 July 2008
My husband a dentist bought this book in 1994/5 the second edition and I use it now (he only coloured in the head) I am studying medicine and this book is awesome, the reason being I have a pictorial memory and by learning by colouring it has helped tremendously, in addition it is great when you are running out of time and the table at the back is invaluable giving you a breakdown of the muscle and the nerve supply and root value, I would definitely recommend getting this book for any medical student, I used this book as main core knowledge and built on it its a great starting block, I have limited spacial awareness and the way this books layers each muscle group is a real asset, it separates muscles groups into logical orders making them easier to remember. Given the fact that we learnt from prosection I honestly found this book a valuable asset. I photocopied the pages after colouring it in stuck it in a plastic wallet and took it in to the dissecting room that was a huge benefit as it helps you to learn quickly what you are looking at and it doesn't take much prep time worth every single penny!!! When Paul told me about the book in 1994 and I never of course needed it I thought aye right Paul its a gimmick you'll waste time, well now I need it, it really isn't a gimmick its awesome.
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