Title: Martini’s Atlas of the human body
Author: Frederic H Martini
Publisher: Pearson Benjamin Cummings
Reviewer: Helen Reeves, clinical nurse manager, St Giles Walsall Hospice
What was it like?
Martini’s Atlas of the human body is a textbook that details 194 anatomy photographs, 53 radiology scans and 21 embryology summaries. It is a colourful textbook that aims to supplement the anatomical illustrations in Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, 8TH Edition.
What were the highlights?
The extensive photographs and the excellent use of labels make this an easy textbook to use. Photographs and scans ranging from the brain to the mandible and maxillary bones and a frontal section through the face to shoulder and neck anterior view ensures that the reader is able to see the human body at many different angles, depths and sides. This helps to aid better understanding of the human body and how it works. The use of large images aims to enhance understanding and learning.
Strengths & weaknesses:
It is well set out and the photographs, scans and embryology summaries used are of a good size ensuring that structures are easy to visualize. The textbook contains photographs and scans of all the major body segments and bones, all of which are labelled clearly. While this is a beneficial textbook by itself in being able to identify different structures and parts of the human body to fully understand how each part works it may have been beneficial to have used this with the Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, 8TH Edition as advised by Frederic H Martini. This will however remain an excellent reference guide and a textbook that will be continued to be used when wanting to revisit the anatomy of the human body.
Who should read it?
This textbook would be beneficial for any health professional that has a serious interest in anatomy. It is well placed for nurses, doctors and other health professionals with a keen interest in anatomy. This textbook would also be suitable for students who are studying anatomy and physiology.