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DO NOT buy this as your main anatomy text!!!
on 4 July 2006
This was irritatingly touted by my uni (King's College London) as the core anatomy text for our first year. We were told that it would contain everything we need to know as first years; well it's that "as first years" bit that's the problem. You're going to be at medical school for a long time and so you need an anatomy textbook that you'll be using for most of that time, not one that you'll need to replace in a year.
The book is useful as a revision aid (in fact the only time I really used it was on the tube during the cram that was my 3rd term of the first year) but as a reference text it's deficient. It becomes very irritating when you finally settle down to write some anatomy notes and flick this open to find that it can't answer a lot of your questions. I wish someone had told me as a first year, but if you're looking for an anatomy textbook then go for the bigger version of this: Clinically Oriented Anatomy (it's AWESOME), or Gray's Anatomy for Students (by far the best and easiest to understand illustrations I've ever seen in an anatomy book (and that's including the full version of Gray's)).
In short, it's not a bad book but you will definitely need more information than it contains (even in your first year) so go for another book instead.