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Clinically Oriented Anatomy [Paperback]

Keith L. Moore , Arthur F. Dalley , Anne M.R. Agur
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1 Feb 2009 1605476528 978-1605476520 6th revised international ed
"Clinically Oriented Anatomy, Sixth Edition" provides first-year medical and allied health students with the clinically oriented anatomical information that they need in study and practice. This best-selling textbook is renowned for its comprehensive coverage of anatomy, presented as it relates to the practice of medicine, dentistry, and physical therapy. The sixth edition features a modified interior design with new and improved artwork that further enhances the user-friendliness of the text. The clinical Blue Boxes are now grouped to reduce interruption of text and are categorized with icons to promote easier comprehension of clinical information. The Bottom Line summaries have been refined to clearly call out key points for quick study. This title features a companion Website that offers the fully searchable text, interactive USMLE-style questions, and video animations. Online faculty resources include an Image Bank, Test Generator, and Course Outlines.

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  • Paperback: 1168 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 6th revised international ed edition (1 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605476528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605476520
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The study of anatomy is often a challenging endeavour for many medical students. Central to the learning process is the use of a good textbook. Two of the most often recommended texts for medical students are Gray's Anatomy for Students (GAS), descended from the iconic text by Henry Gray, and Clinically Oriented Anatomy (COA), by Moore, Dalley and Agur. "Both texts employ a regional approach to the study of anatomy. GAS separates each chapter into four sections: Conceptual Overview, Regional Anatomy, Surface Anatomy and Clinical Cases. The conceptual overview aims to provide the very basic concepts of each region in a concise summary before moving on to an increasingly detailed description. While this approach may be useful for the beginner or reviewer, the inevitable repetition creates a degree of redundancy. COA presents information in a 'bones up' format, progressively adding surrounding structures before detailing the arthrology of each region. Each chapter concludes with a series of radiographic images to complement integration and understanding. "Certain striking distinctions are evident in the textual quality of each book. GAS aims to strip away irrelevant information into an easy-to-read summation while leaving intricate details for other texts. While this provides an excellent introduction for the neophyte, COA includes more rigorous explanations concerning the finer points and the complex interaction with surrounding structures. An enlightening example of the differing styles can be observed through the treatment attributed to the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle. A concise, tabular description of muscular attachments, innervations and basic function is provided in GAS in association with a stylised diagram indicating its position in the neck. Conversely, COA devotes an entire four page sub-section to a detailed discussion of the manner in which body position and the use of synergist muscle groups can alter function of the SCM beyond an isolated view of the muscle acting independently in the anatomical position. Thus, while simplified to enhance the initial integration of basic concepts, GAS may simultaneously perpetuate certain erroneous notions concerning the nature of anatomical function. On the other hand, the text in COA may reduce its effectiveness for the uninitiated, while GAS may prove to be too simplistic for the interested student. "Both books approach diagrammatical representation through the use of computer-generated imagery, though distinct dissimilarities are visible. COA depicts each region by incorporating detailed and realistic diagrams which are thoroughly labelled. In contrast, GAS represents analogous images through a distinctly stylised fashion. Major structures are portrayed in an idealistic mode, which, in combination with relatively sparse labelling, may impede practical application, particularly in medical courses focussed on anatomical dissections. However the simplified overview, devoid of extensive detail, is potentially easier to comprehend for the less experienced anatomist. In addition to detailed, accurate labels, COA consolidates diagrammatic elements through representations in various anatomical planes. The depiction of distinct layers within each system aids the appreciation of the detailed nature of such structures. Ultimately, COA associates these illustrative characteristics through the use of numerous, detailed figures within each specified anatomical region. The use of COA may prove to be beneficial, both in dissection and in providing a broader scope of understanding. "The integration of clinical aspects throughout a text is essential to the effective understanding of anatomical information. Both books appear to have achieved a relatively streamlined integration of such information through the utilisation of clinical vignettes. Complemented with relevant diagrams, topics covered in the text of these vignettes include information relating to development, anatomical variation, radiology and pathology. For those without significant exposure to anatomy, having clinical information presented in such a fashion is an ideal mode for the consolidation of vital concepts. The use of end of chapter case studies in GAS allows the reader to evaluate their own level of understanding, a feature that is absent in COA. Radiological correlations in GAS are discussed further through an in-text approach. Alternatively, COA utilises radiological imaging juxtaposed with easily understood computer generated diagrams, allowing the student to understand the concepts therein with more clarity. "Through our experience in both learning and teaching, we believe that COA delivers a more comprehensive insight into the study of anatomy. Not only does it encompass a strong clinical foundation, it provides the reader with enhanced factual information and diagrams. Contrastingly, GAS offers equivalent aspects in a more concise, readable form yet neglects more in-depth explanations. The choice of textbook will ultimately depend on both the school curriculum and the eagerness of individual students. Whilst providing an excellent synopsis into the anatomical world, the possibility exists that students may find GAS lacking after covering the basic concepts. It is our view that COA offers greater scope for continued learning throughout medical school and beyond."-Australian Medical Student Journal -- David Sparks, Gareth S. Davies, and Ashwarya Nath, All First Year Medicine (Grad Australian Medical Student Journal 20100712

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88 of 88 people found the following review helpful
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Anatomy is never something that you can just read through and learn, so you need a good textbook that you can dip into and get what you need to know. Thankfully, "Clinically Oriented Anatomy" does just the job.
To start off with, there's an excellent introduction explaining all the basics of anatomy and briefly going over all the systems. The next eight chapters take the regional approach to anatomy. With each region, all the anatomy is discussed as you would expect with a good mix of schematic representations, lifelike drawings and photographs.
Each chapter also contains special sections on surface anatomy and medical imaging. At the end of each chapter, several pages are dedicated to the imaging of that region, with each method explained and all the images well annotated. I know that my ability to read X-rays, MRI scans etc has greatly improved from just sitting examining these.
There are also the added bonuses of the Clinical Correlation, or blue, boxes and the Case Studies. Even in the days of the integrated medical degree, it's still difficult to learn anatomy without being able to apply your new-found knowledge. The blue boxes provide some extra explanation into investigations and pathology to show the relevance of it all. The case studies give you a chance to consolidate your learning by going through different cases with the radiological, biochemical and even post-mortem reports if relevant. Some questions are set to help (make?) you think with some discussion at the end.
Finally, for all those struggling with cranial nerves (I don't believe anyone who says they don't!), there's a whole chapter dedicated to them.
The book is easy to read and get around with plenty of clear illustrations. It's an excellent textbook for all those just beginning to study anatomy - and all those who are supposed to have done it already!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best just got better 22 Sep 2005
This book is a must-buy for any Medical Student. By using Moore you give yourself the distinct advantage of having clinical correlations to everything you are learning. By the time you are finished basic anatomy, you will be familiar with a whole range of clinical conditions, many of which can be diagnosed or indicated by sound knowledge of clinical anatomy.
There are also 'green sections' at the end of each chapter show medical imaging, so before you even hit the wards you know what normal x-rays/MRI/CAT scans of the body look like. To say this is an advantage is stating the obvious.
There is a new section 'bottom-line' which highlights the key take home points of each subsection, great for study.
I can't recommend this book enough, other books teach normal anatomy just as well, but if you are not interested in applying the knowledge clinically, why are you doing Medicine?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I have found anatomy to be an integral component of the medical course but also possibly the most boring subject taught at medical school. However, there is no short cut. You just have to learn it. Moore and Dalley's Clinically Oriented Anatomy is one of the major undergraduate texts in this discipline and it was the one I initially took a liking to over Grays for Students and Snell's Anatomy.

There is a lot to like about this book. The plethora of excellent illustrations including hand-drawn pictures, computer-generated images, photographs of actual cadavers, surface anatomy images and radiographs, are of good quality and nearly all are drawn from Grant's Atlas of Anatomy, International Student Edition. The level of detail is breathtaking for an undergraduate texts and there is extensive commentary on every aspect of anatomy. I would say that after the big Gray's Anatomy, this is probably the most extensive treatment of the topic among popular anatomy texts. The blue "clinical correlation" pages are excellent and they are especially very helpful in PBL-based preclinical courses. The book is organised by regions and generally well presented; there is plenty of colour pretty much everywhere.

However, the book is not without some dire flaws. It is incredibly frustrating to read compared to its rivals and the writing style is cluttered with often huge bodies of unbroken sleep-inducing mind-numbing prose. It makes a dry topic even more difficult to plough through and every chapter takes a lot of time to read. This is especially unhelpful at a PBL-heavy course such as at Manchester where there not a lot of time dedicated to anatomy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best anatomy book! 5 Jun 2006
The best anatomy book you will ever own! Slightly lacking in neuroanatomy but has amazing illustrations which are essential to understanding every aspect of anatomy. Muscles are especially well done with tables to highlight everything you need to know.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Osteopathy students 27 Oct 2006
This is an all round excellent book. It breaks the body down into different parts and each section has everything you need to know regarding that section. The clinical applications are interesting although not 100% relevent to osteopathy (only some sections) but give you a bigger picture should you need/be interested in it.

The sections on the limbs, thorax and abdomen are particularly good as is the section on the vertebral column and back. Of all the books on the reading list (including the Snell) this is by far the best option and should last you for the first 3 years of your course whilst studying anatomy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for sibling
I'm assured this was a most useful book and well used by my daughter. She loves anatomy so may be biased check it out for yourselves.
Published 2 months ago by Squeaky squirrel
3.0 out of 5 stars Clinically oriented - Yes. Student oriented - hmmm.
As I approach the end of my MBBS degree, I feel to write a short review about my impression of this book.

During my pre-clinical years, I never touched this book once. Read more
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Published 6 months ago by khalid
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely detailed, but not what a medical student needs.
I've had experienced using this book, Gray's and Snell's. Out of them, Moore's was the worst. When I just started my first year in medical school, I was recommended this book first... Read more
Published 18 months ago by TCNguyen
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Get this book if you find reading reams and reams of information and nomenclature tiresome. This book is current, and clinically relevant. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by GEM
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Fabulous picture detail and the clinical excerpts - excellent resources for further reading. I like how the anatomy is tackled in a structured and logical manner (bones, soft... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by ToLearnForBetterForWorse
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I was recommended this book by a friend as I am studying Sports Science in my first year at the moment, and already used it to look up some anatomy of the vertebral column and... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by Bee
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Fantastic book. Recommended by my medical school - has everything from A to Z and the blue clinical boxes are nice because you can place anatomy in a clinical context and see the... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by S.S
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of product.
Book is good. Good detail within the book and images included, usual for physiotherapy students. Glad i purshased it as really useful.
Published on 24 Oct 2011 by rachel.
3.0 out of 5 stars Clinically Oriented Anatomy Review
The book was posted very rapidly and did not take long to arrive. It was however clearly second hand, not Like new. The book however is still fully legible and does its job.
Published on 27 Jun 2011 by Mr. P. Russell
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