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Interesting, but ...
on 7 June 2010
I was eager to get this book as I wanted to learn more about the subject matter; however, though the book undeniably deals with the subject matter, I found the book disappointing for a number of reasons:
First, the layout - the typeface is arial, which is very hard to read; the text should be set in a serif typeface to allow the eye to follow the flow of the text more easily, leaving you free to concentrate on the content. The diagrams are nowhere near their reference in the text and you have to flip back and forth to find them. The diagrams themselves need to be clearly labelled in order to identify the various muscle groups to which the text refers.
Second, the structure - though the content is detailed and extremely interesting I found that the book didn't flow well and jumped about the subject matter. It felt more like a student's dissertation, complete with spelling mistakes and poor grammar. The fact that the diagrams are not clearly labelled or annotated reflects this as, to get the best use out of the book as it currently stands, you need a second book on anatomy to understand the diagrams. This detracts from what would otherwise be a very useful book. The book should be self-contained.
The book really needs to be properly edited and published. If the errors are corrected and the layout given a more professional look and feel, then I would have no hesitation in recommending the book without reservation. As it stands, the book requires you to fight with the content to understand it.
If a further edition was published which corrects these errors I would happily buy it. The book is a valuable addition to this area - it just needs refinement.