Ever taken a child to a doctor's appointment and kept them entertained
with the detailed anatomical charts in the exam room? My kids love
looking at the flip charts that show all the inner workings of
our amazing human bodies.
Until The Complete Portfolio of Human Anatomy and Pathology,
Second Edition and The Illustrated Atlas of Human Anatomy landed
in my lap for review, I was unaware that we non-medical professionals
could purchase and use the same charts that doctor's offices
use to show patients their anatomy (and keep restless children
occupied). Even I, a non-medical gal, was instantly "wowed" by
the beautiful illustrations and careful descriptions. I called
my very-science-minded daughter into my office and showed her
the books, and she pored over them for at least 45 minutes. Her
verbal exclamations drew the attention of her siblings, who were
soon peering over her shoulder and making excited comments themselves.
It seems that everything is covered on the 50 charts in The
Complete Portfolio of Human Anatomy and Pathology, Second Edition:
the skeletal system, the male and female muscular systems, hands,
feet, wrists, ankles, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, the spine,
the heart, the digestive system, the vascular system, the brain,
the liver, the kidney, the eye, the ear, the teeth, the lymphatic
system, the nervous system, the skin, the male and female reproductive
systems, and the prostate.
Additionally, specific diseases and conditions are illustrated
and defined: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis,
COPD, the effects of smoking, rhinitis, the common cold versus
the flu, high blood pressure, the effects of hypertension, heart
disease, strokes, GERD, IBS, diseases of the digestive system,
diabetes, cholesterol, DVT, the effects of alcohol, CNS, glaucoma,
and middle ear infections.
The Illustrated Atlas of Human Anatomy is simply the
anatomy portion of The Complete Portfolio of Human Anatomy
and Pathology, Second Edition, omitting the disease charts
but containing the same elaborate charts on each area of the human
Both books are high-quality products. While The Illustrated
Atlas of Human Anatomy is bound traditionally and has thick
glossy pages, The Complete Portfolio of Human Anatomy and
Pathology, Second Edition has a double ring spine for easy
page turning and a flat layout, and its pages are thick, glossy
card stock. Even with my busy household and with the use these
books have seen already, I expect them to last for a
very long time.
I consider both books to be at a reasonable price point, especially
considering that they are an investment worth making for any anatomy
study. If you have a student who is interested in a career in the
medical arts or sciences, the investment could prove to be invaluable.