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What is the best anatomy book?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by CatsandCradles, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. CatsandCradles

    CatsandCradles SDN Donor 5+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    For my 1,000th post, I wanted to make an interesting since we spend numerous hours studying for anatomy, I thought I'd make a post to see what anatomy book everyone preffers.

    Here's my favorite:


    General Anatomy and the Musculoskeletal System (THIEME Atlas of Anatomy)
    Author: Michael, M.D., Ph.D. Schuenke, Erik, M.D. Schulte, Udo Schumacher

    And my second favorite:

    Color Atlas of Anatomy: A Photographic Study of the Human
    Body Edition: 6th
    Author: Johannes W. Rohen, Chihiro Yokochi, Elke Lutjen-Drecoll

    What book are you guys using?
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  3. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel In Memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    My favorite text is Moore and Dalley's "Clinically Oriented Anatomy"; favorite atlas is Clemente's. However, my class text is Drake's "Gray's Anatomy for Students". It seems a lot of my friends are using Netter.
  4. CatsandCradles

    CatsandCradles SDN Donor 5+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2005

    More and Dalley!

    I should read that more often - if I did, maybe I wouldn't be doing so badly on all these clinical questions!!!

    I have a hard time using Netters...I call it Nutters.
  5. DragonWell

    DragonWell Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    I'm glad to see somebody plugging the thieme books. The first two volumes have been very good, and I'm looking forward to the third.

    The atlas I still find myself reaching for though, and I still think the best overall is Sobotta. Especially in the head and neck, the plates are easier to learn from than Netter, IMHO.
  6. Buckeye(OH)

    Buckeye(OH) 5K+ Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2004
    Toledo, Ohio

    End of thread.
  7. medmom

    medmom Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    I am going to go to WVSOM next fall and do PBL, so, how do/did you chose the book of preference? Go to the book store and look through all of them, use the one assigned and hope you like it, read reviews like mad??? I am hoping to request some books for Christmas this year, any other must have suggestion?
  8. NY Musicologist

    NY Musicologist Career Changer 5+ Year Member

    Apr 1, 2005
    Does ANYONE use the plain old classic Gray's? If not, why not?
  9. beastmaster

    beastmaster Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2003
    1) Clemente > Netter
    2) many surgical anatomy atlases are on par with rohen, plus you get to see it in situ
    3) of course, -- nothing beats a surgeon explaining the anatomy during the operation.
  10. Smackey

    Smackey Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    Netter was my date most nights. Plus he smokes cigars.
  11. Doctor Bagel

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

    As a non-spatially skilled and non-anatomy liking person, I use a ton of books. I read Moore when I'm confused or am having trouble with information sticking. I look at Netter's to visualize basic things, and I stare at Rohen's to study for a practical. Also, my anatomy professor wrote BRS anatomy, so I definitely use that one, too. The questions in that one are a great tool even if it wasn't written by your professor -- I really solidify my anatomy knowledge by answering questions.

    People always talk about first year medical school students buying lots of books and not using them. I'm the weird example because I've purchased many anatomy books and feel like it's been helpful.
  12. Smackey

    Smackey Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    I liked the questions in the book, except that you could basically cut out the whole question except the last line and that got you to the important part. Though the stories did give some amusement value.
  13. DragonWell

    DragonWell Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    The title "Gray's Anatomy" has been picked up by many anatomy books over the years so it's important to clarify which book you're talking about. The "Gray's Anatomy" which can be had for ~$10 in the discount aisle is a reprint of the original 1901 text. While it may make an interesting coffee table book, it is next to useless for studying modern anatomy. Outdated, not well-illustrated, and hard to understand.

    If by "Gray's Anatomy" you mean the British Gray's Anatomy, you have probably the most authoritative anatomy text in Western civilization. The "big" Gray's covers development, histology, and gross anatomy in extracting detail. However, all that details ends up weighing a good ten pounds and makes for a less than concise or exciting read. Also, although the most recent edition of Gray's has updated it's illustrations, they are still not nearly as useful or plentiful as good old Moore's, or for that matter "Gray's Anatomy for Students" (Yet another "Gray's Anatomy").

    Big Grays's definitely has its place on the reference shelf, but is not practical for most med students.
  14. Doctor Bagel

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

    Yeah, it's actually pretty funny. Someone on another thread stated that the questions in BRS anatomy required conceptual thinking, but I don't see where they're getting that. Once you get through the clinical stuff in the first two or so sentences, you realize the question itself is just asking for some fact or another.
  15. ImNoSuperman

    ImNoSuperman Deep Space 5 2+ Year Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Stow, OH
    Moore's Clinically Oriented Anatomy and Rohen's (Deadman's) Atlas. Great combo.
  16. bbake87

    bbake87 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2005
    Sin City (Milwaukee)
    I'm with my special little friend from CCOM. Definitely Rohen's - also used the disk that comes with Netter's quite a bit.

  17. theunc31

    theunc31 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Gray's Anatomy for Students. Better atlas then Netter's and pretty comprehensive.
  18. Kappy1

    Kappy1 Bleach and Glass Cleaner 5+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    In my Imagination
    I use Moore and Daley, Netters, Rohen's, and also Clincal antomy book by Earnest April which is a good quick review book with board style questions.
  19. SomeDoc

    SomeDoc 10+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    Grays Anatomy for Students is golden- excellent illustrations.
  20. RockfordWF

    RockfordWF Banned Banned

    Aug 1, 2007
    I agree with the Rohen. It kept me out of the anatomy lab.
  21. nlax30

    nlax30 Fellow Physician 10+ Year Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    Used a combo of Gray's Anatomy for Students, Netter's, and the Rohen atlas.

    With anatomy I think the important thing, no matter what book(s) you use is to use multiple sources. A diagram/drawing in one book may be helpful in visualizing the relationship of a certain nerve and muscle, but it may be simplified and leave out more superficial structures that you can find in another book/atlas. So you start looking at it from "different angles" until you can just start visualizing it in your head.
  22. Old_Mil

    Old_Mil Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 19, 2004
    Good summary...I'd say that this is the best anatomy book for medical students:

  23. Medbear

    Medbear Physician 2+ Year Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Class Notes+ Rohen's > Netter's
  24. MalachiConstant

    MalachiConstant 7+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2008
    I just finished a month of anatomy. The Acland videos were pretty cool, but I wouldn't have paid 85 bucks for them. Luckily my school provided this resource to us. I basically memorized everything in BRS anatomy, used Netters to know every structure paying particular attention to the figures which showed origins and insertions, and filled in clinical details from the blue boxes in Moore's.
  25. Slane

    Slane L|E|C|O|M-Erie LDP 5+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2007
    I use Rohens to study for lab practicals but Netters along with my Gray's textbook to study for written exams.
  26. antapolar

    antapolar 5+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2008
    Netter's all the way, but wishes have gotten gray's to help out. Combine netter's text, flash card, and wiki. I don't like Rohen's book that much, regretted buying it b/c its just not the same as staying in lab and studying the real specimen you will be testing on. Many friends has mentioned thieme's is not bad, good pics and description, but they cost quite a bit (split into few sections). ;)
  27. JaggerPlate

    JaggerPlate 10+ Year Member

    May 28, 2007
    1. Netters 2. Rohen (the one with the actual cadaver pics - really helps).
  28. This!

    Plus: Gray's Anatomy for Students for my written/lecture exams.
  29. Dissected

    Dissected All bleeding stops eventually 7+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2008
    A fly-over state
    For practice questions: BRS anatomy. They are pretty tough, but really make you think critically about the material. It was worth the purchase in my opinion.
  30. JaggerPlate

    JaggerPlate 10+ Year Member

    May 28, 2007
    I have BRS too. It's tough, but the practice questions seem great.
  31. Flushot

    Flushot 7+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    I hear the new Netter (5th ed) has more clinical information and X-rays/CTs/MRIs than before. As for info, I vouch Gray's for students.
  32. lord_jeebus

    lord_jeebus 和魂洋才 Moderator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2003
    Illustrated: Thieme > Sobotta > Clemente (it's basically a smaller Sobotta) > Netter > Grant's
    Photographic: Moses > Rohen

    I used Sobotta + Rohen + Moore's

    If you're interested in World War II history, see if your library has a copy of Pernkopf. At least as good as Sobotta, as far as the plates themselves go.
  33. starburstsbabe

    starburstsbabe 2+ Year Member

    Nov 13, 2009
    For studying for practicals, I love Rohen because its like being in the lab but at home. I feel that going to a mock practical just makes me memorize certain structures in certain bodies, whereas Rohen shows many different pictures with the same structures. I also use Thieme Atlas of Anatomy for clarification and I use Grays for lecture.
  34. bkpa2med

    bkpa2med 10+ Year Member

    Jun 26, 2004
    Moore, Netter and BRS Anatomy.
  35. The Poet Sings

    The Poet Sings 5+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    Far from home :-)
    lordjeebus (although anyone can respond!): does the rohen's also have muscle origins and insertions mentioned? i'm stuck between that and the moses (2005), which according to one review does have that stuff. also does anyone know if the newer rohen's (2010) is that much better than the older one (2006)?
  36. Dr Skeptismo

    Dr Skeptismo 5+ Year Member

    Jan 28, 2010
    As far as atlases go, I like Gilroy. Way better looking than Netters, and not nearly as cluttered.
  37. Zoom-Zoom

    Zoom-Zoom 7+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    Me too. At the risk of losing my coveted anonymity I'll say that at my school we all use this text, written by my professor, he's a recipient of multiple national teaching awards and we all pretty much love the guy: Human Gross Anatomy: An Outline Text. It's like 500 pages with NO pictures, so it's extremely dense. But it will turn you into an anatomy Jedi. It does take some strength to get through it but it's nice to have every anatomical detail in outline form like that. He also happens to have sold the copyright a while ago so there's no incentive for him to plug it :)
  38. Ahsankmc

    Ahsankmc Banned

    Jun 11, 2011
    I have used Snell's Clinical Anatomy. I found it very informative. Though at some places you might feel that a little more detail could have been better, but for beginners, it is an absolute must-have.

    I also do my anatomy studies online. There are numerous websites out there now which provide good high quality information. You can search google for the term "Human Anatomy"
  39. costales

    costales 2+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2011
    I kinda liked Leonard. It's a great source for written descriptions.
  40. ale05bg


    Nov 25, 2011
    For "Clinically Oriented Anatomy", I find that K. Moore is great, but in general I like:
    4.Testis ( a bit more complex, but it has many details that were omitted in other books )

    As for Atlas:
    1.Sobotta is amazing!

    Hope it is useful!
  41. waspahh33

    waspahh33 5+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2009
    This trio got me A's and high B's through anatomy. It's solid. For lab, Rohens is the bomb. Btw, make sure you don't get the massive version of Moores but just the clinically oriented version.

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