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The Secret Language of Anatomy Hardcover – 21 Jul 2017

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Publishing; 1 edition (21 July 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905367791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905367795
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The anatomical language we use today isn't designed to be exclusive, the preserve of the elite. Instead, it's an international language which allows anatomists and clinicians across the globe to communicate with each other.

The language can seem quite foreign if you re not a classical scholar, but finding the meaning in those words unlocks fascinating secrets as well as understanding.

The human body becomes a wonderland of curious details: spiderwebs inside the skull, crescent moons in the knee, a raven's beak in your shoulder, a horse's tail at the end of your spinal cord, a pea inside your wrist, and vine tendrils hidden inside the scrotum.

This, then, is a guidebook to take with you, on your travels. Obscure meanings will become clear, hidden patterns will emerge, and exquisite gems will be revealed. Enjoy the adventure. --Professor Alice Roberts, anatomist, author & broadcaster

This book should be mandatory reading for all students of anatomy. --Susan Standring MBE, Emeritus Professor of Anatomy, King's College London, Editor-in-Chief, Gray's Anatomy

About the Author

Cecilia Brassett was a medical student and anatomy demonstrator at the University of Cambridge, and, as the current University Clinical Anatomist, is responsible for organising the anatomy teaching programme.

She initially qualified as a general surgeon, then resigned and trained in field linguistics to work among an ethnic minority group in China for some years before returning to the UK. She is also a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and a Councillor of The Anatomical Society.

Emily Evans is a senior demonstrator of anatomy at the University of Cambridge. Emily is also a medical illustrator, author and publisher. She runs her businesses Anatomy Boutique from her studio in London. She regularly writes and gives talks about the use of anatomy in contemporary art practice.

Isla Fay joined the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, in 2016, having previously worked as an historical researcher. She is the author of books and articles on the subjects of osteoarchaeology and of pre-modern environmental health and hygiene.

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