Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy, 12th Edition
This edition of Grant’s Atlas has, like its predecessors, requiredintense research, market input, and creativity. It is not enough to rely on a solid reputation; with each new edition, we have adapted and changed many aspects of the Atlas while maintaining the commitment to pedagogical excellence and anatomical realism that has enriched its long history. Medical and health sciences education, and the role of anatomy instruction and application within it, continually evolve to reflect new teaching approaches and educational models. The health care system itself is changing, and the skills and knowledge that future health care practitioners must master are changing along with it. Finally, technologic advances in publishing, particularly in online resources and electronic media, have transformed the way students access content and the methods by which educators teach content. All of these developments have shaped the vision and directed the execution of this twelfth edition of Grant’s Atlas, as evidenced by the following key features:
Classic “Grant’s” images updated for today’s students. A unique feature of Grant’s Atlas is that, rather than providing an idealized view of human anatomy, the classic illustrations represent actual dissections that the student can directly compare with specimens in the lab. Because the original models used for these illustrations were real cadavers, the accuracy of these illustrations is unparalleled, offering students the best introduction to anatomy possible. Over the years we have made many changes to the illustrations to match the shifting expectations of students, adding more vibrant colors and updating the style from the original carbon- dust renderings. In this edition, at the suggestion of reviewers, we have continued this trend by introducing more lifelike skin tones to provide a more realistic—but no less accurate–depiction of anatomy. In addition, almost all of these dissection figures were carefully analyzed to ensure that label placement remained effective and that the illustration’s relevance was still clear. Almost every figure in this edition of Grant’s Atlas was altered, from simple label changes to full-scale revision.
Schematic illustrations to facilitate learning. Full-color schematic illustrations supplement the dissection figures to clarify anatomical concepts, show the relationships of structures, and give an overview of the body region being studied. Many new schematic illustrations have been added to this edition; others have been revised to refine their pedagogical aspects. All conform to Dr. Grant’s admonition to “keep it simple”: extraneous labels were deleted, and some labels were added to identify key structures and make the illustrations as useful as possible to students. In addition, many new, simple orientation drawings were added for ease of identifying dissected regions.
Legends with easy-to find clinical applications. Admittedly, artwork is the focus of any atlas; however, the Grant’s legends have long been considered a unique and valuable feature of the Atlas.
The observations and comments that accompany the illustrations draw attention to salient points and significant structures that might otherwise escape notice. Their purpose is to interpret the illustrations without providing exhaustive description. Readability, clarity, and practicality were emphasized in the editing of this edition. For the first time, clinical comments, which deliver practical “pearls” that link anatomic features with their significance in health care practice, are highlighted in blue within the figure legends. The clinical comments have also been expanded in this edition, providing even more relevance for students searching for medical application of anatomical concepts.
Enhanced diagnostic and surface anatomy and images. Because medical imaging have taken on increased importance in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illnesses, diagnostic images are used liberally throughout the chapters, and a special imaging section appears at the end of each chapter. Over 100 clinically relevant magnetic resonance images (MRIs), computed tomography (CT) scans, ultrasound scans, and corresponding orientation drawings are included in this edition. We have also increased the number of labeled surface anatomy photographs and introduced greater ethnic diversity in the surface anatomy representations.
Tables—updated, expanded, and improved. Another feature unique to Grant’s Atlas is the use of tables to help students organize complex information in an easy-to-use format ideal for review and study. The eleventh edition saw the introduction of muscle tables. In this edition, we have expanded the tables to include those for nerves, arteries, veins, and other relevant structures. The table format in this edition also received a substantial update; a consistent color code is used to clearly demarcate columns. Many tables are also strategically placed on the same page as the illustrations that demonstrate the structures listed in the tables.
Logical organization and layout. The organization and layout of the Atlas has always been determined with ease-of-use as the goal. Although the basic organization by body region was maintained in this edition, the order of plates within every chapter was scrutinized to ensure that it is logical and pedagogically effective. Sections within each chapter further organize the region into discrete subregions; these subregions appear as “titles” on the pages. Readers need only glance at these titles to orient themselves to the region and subregion that the figures on the page belong to. All sections also appear as a “table of contents” on the first page of each chapter
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