Three Great Anatomy Books

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The Anatomical Chart Series by Peter Bachin and Ernest Beck is a flip-page guide that includes excellent anatomical charts. It appears to be out-of-print but you can find it used.

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The Human Body by Ruth & Bertel Bruun is a great and colorful children’s anatomy book. You can find it used for around $3.

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Of my maybe dozen books on anatomy (always fascinated by what Dr. Henry Bieler author of Food Is Your Best Medicine calls “the magnificent human body”), this is the masterpiece: Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank Netter.

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How any one human could do all these exquisite drawings in a lifetime is beyond me. The drawings of the hand are spectacular. There is no descriptive text, so I don’t know if this is the perfect text for helping with self-diagnosis, but this is a reference book anyone interested in the human body should have.

I have an older 4th edition, but they recently released the 5th.

My doctor was using a Grey’s Anatomy, and I sent him a copy of this and he was mightily pleased.

-- Lloyd Kahn  

[Note: You can find Netter's Anatomy in various forms including an iPhone and iPod touch application for those on the go.-- OH]

The Anatomical Chart Series
Peter Bachin and Ernest Beck
Classic Library Edition
$25 (used)
Available used at Amazon

The Human Body Ruth and Bertel Bruun
96 pages
$60
Available used at Abe Books

Atlas of Human Anatomy, Fifth edition
Frank Netter
624 pages
$66
Available from Amazon