6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Reasonably good illustrations; text can at first be a little overwhelming.,
This review is from: Langmans Medical Embryology (International Edition) (Paperback)
This book is on my university syllabus. When I first started reading this book four weeks into my medical studies I found its detail rather overwhelming. Half a year on I still find it overwhelming at times, but I am beginning to appreciate that all the detail is necessary to understand the subject well. So far I have studied the chapters on general embryology, the respiratory system, urinary system and cardiovascular system.
Contents wise I have found all the information I was looking for, as the text is rather detailed. The clinical correlations are also nice, as they help in understanding birth defects.
However, at times the book can be frustrating to read when it refers to illustrations. These illustrations are often a few pages before, or a few pages after which makes it hard to simultaneously read the text and refer to the figures. The figures themselves are nice and detailed (mostly better than in the book I refer to below), but can sometimes be labelled insufficiently, which can lead to some amount of guesswork.
Another slightly negative thing is the way in which the chapters are organized. Whilst the general embryology chapters are organized linearly, be aware that many processes take place simultaneously and you will sometimes be sent on a long winding journey through many chapters just to understand the development of one system. The "embryological development in days" time line at the beginning of the book makes up for this organisational lack to some extent, but I much prefer the time line in the "at a glance book" I refer to below.
Overall, this is a good book, which covers most (if not all!) of what you need to know about embryology in medical school; but if this is your first foray into embryology I would suggest starting out with Embryology at a Glance which gives a much shorter (but sometimes less detailed) description of the subject and that you return to this book once you have mastered the basics.