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Best Anatomy Book to Study From

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Hatman, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. Hatman

    Hatman 2+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Anyone know which anatomy book would be best to study from....any recommendations since you guys are the pros? :)
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  3. Flopotomist

    Flopotomist I love the Chicago USPS 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2005
    I think if you do a search, you will find this topic extensively discussed.

    A lot of it depends on your school, but here is what I used:

    1. Netter - I like it better than Grants. My only advice - don't waste money on a new edition - Frank Netter died in the 80s, his drawings haven't changed much since.

    2. Chung (BRS Series) - helpful to review from, but not a good primary text.

    3. Moore - I had the big Moore, but only because I found it cheaper than the baby moore. The Baby Moore was pretty popular here.

    4. Rohen - THE BEST book for getting through anatomy imo. I didn't figure this out until half way through the course, but once I did, I was very glad that I found it. Expensive, but worth it.
  4. Hatman

    Hatman 2+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    nvm...thanks for the reply...i found a whole pot of suggestions from previous threads...thanks for the help....please close thread
  5. marooner

    marooner Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2005
    NMS Anatomy for text. it is in outline format that facilitates memorization and organization of info while reviewing. good for lecture and good as a companion during dissection to. for atlas, netters has always been the gold standard.
  6. one11

    one11 10+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2006
    Netter .
  7. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    The best thing "to study from" isn't going to be a book, it's your lecture notes (notesets) and slides. That is what will be on your tests. Everything else is a secondary resource, except perhaps an Atlas. There are also flashcards and coloring books that some feel are helpful in getting down the structures. The key in med school is knowing what not to buy -- you can spend hundreds to thousands of dollars purchasing recommended or required books you will never use. Less is more.
  8. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    I really didn't care much for Rohen's atlas. I think that if you have dissection videos and/or a good teaching staff while you're doing the dissections along with regular access to the lab, the color photos of cadavers aren't that helpful.

    If you have an AMSA option between a free Netter's and a dissection kit, take the Netter's. I was never offered a Netter's like many other SDNer's. :thumbdown:

    A lot of our students used BRS as a quasi-primary text, but I should throw out a caveat that I will save for PM if you are interested.

    I never used Moore's or a coloring book, and our lecture material was atrocious.

    I think that I'd have to go with "memorize tables" as the best way to learn the material.
  9. camssy

    camssy 2+ Year Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    gray's anatomy for med student

    snell is also good. i used them both during my anatomy class. gray's has a very good illustration.
  10. ijcMD

    ijcMD Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 28, 2006
    New York
    mini-moore, BRS, netter's, rohen.. the former two for written exams (i.e. shelf), and the latter two for practicals.
  11. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    for me, the only two things I needed were my Netter and the old exams. :D I bought Moore, but stopped using it after head/neck anatomy, because it wasn't too helpful.
  12. browniegirl86

    browniegirl86 10+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Portland, OR
    I use Netter's and the cadavers.

    For neuroanatomy, Blumenfeld is a godsend.
  13. Dart1516

    Dart1516 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2005
    Err? I want free books. How do you get free books?
  14. 8o8o8o8

    8o8o8o8 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    netter, netter flash cards, moore (but not essential) & cadaver time!!!
  15. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    Your school's AMSA chapter will entice you to join by offering something free.
  16. Katya00

    Katya00 Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2005
    I found a book called "Anatomy at a Glance" that I believe was written with medical students in mind. I like it a lot, it is like a note set that seems to cover most of what I needed to know for lab. I like to have multiple resources when studying, and this is might want to check it out from your library (where I found it).
  17. DragonWell

    DragonWell Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    Moore Blue Boxes.
  18. megadon

    megadon 5+ Year Member

    Aug 26, 2006
    Netter for the way it's supposed to be (essential) and Rohen for the way it actually looks.
  19. Tiger26

    Tiger26 Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2004
  20. RxnMan

    RxnMan Who, me? A doctor? Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

  21. RxnMan

    RxnMan Who, me? A doctor? Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Your school interest clubs will have book sales. Those $100-120 books will be go for $10-20. Substantial savings for waiting.

    But you can also buy the world - it won't make you smarter. Just buy a few books. Some that you can't go wrong with are K, Costanzo, Moores.

    With my syllabus, I rarely use anything beyond these three. I got my K for $10 - you could easily get the Costanzo and Moores for $40 or so at a sale. So, for $50 you're set for the year. Not bad.
  22. anon-y-mouse

    anon-y-mouse Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 14, 2005
    NMS anatomy is so detailed! I was actually extremely impressed with this book, as it had details that weren't even covered in big moore (especially on autonomic nervous system anatomy). I highly recommend this once you've learned the material and you want that extra push to get a high grade.

    I previewed topics using the Acland DVD, then read the relevant baby Moore chapters, filled in my knowledge if it was shaky with big Moore, then reviewed through BRS and did questions. I'd then go to NMS as needed, then do UMich questions. Always got in the 90's.
  23. Doctor Bagel

    Doctor Bagel so cheap and juicy Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Moore is long, but it was my favorite source for actually learning stuff. I'm a reader, though, and like to read text instead of just lists of things to memorize, which actually doesn't seem to be the norm in med school. So, if you're like me, you'll probably like Moore. If you just want lists of of things to memorize, you'll find Moore to be a huge, inefficient waste of time.

    BRS is good for the questions -- working through questions is a great (and less painful) way to solidify your anatomy knowledge. It's also good for review, but I agree that it's not great for learning the material new. But again if you're cool with just memorizing lists, BRS might be all you need.

    For lab, I really liked Rohen, but I also liked to limit my time in lab. The best studying tool is probably your cadaver. Rohen isn't sufficient by itself, though, because the illustrations aren't great imo and some stuff isn't there. This is where Netter's comes in. I never looked at Grant or any of the other atlases, so I can't comment on those.

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