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Understanding Human Anatomy and Pathology

An Evolutionary and Developmental Guide for Medical Students, 1st Edition

By Rui Diogo, Drew M. Noden, Christopher M. Smith, Julia Molnar, Julia C. Boughner, Claudia Alexandra Amorim Barrocas, Joana Araujo Bruno

CRC Press

330 pages | 115 Color Illus.

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Understanding Human Anatomy and Pathology: An Evolutionary and Developmental Guide for Medical Students provides medical students with a much easier and more comprehensive way to learn and understand human gross anatomy by combining state-of-the-art knowledge about human anatomy, evolution, development, and pathology in one book.

The book adds evolutionary, pathological, and developmental information in a way that reduces the difficulty and total time spent learning gross anatomy by making learning more logical and systematic. It also synthesizes data that would normally be available for students only by consulting several books at a time.

Anatomical illustrations are carefully selected to follow the style of those seen in human anatomical atlases but are simpler in their overall configuration, making them easier to understand without overwhelming students with visual information. The book’s organization is also more versatile than most human anatomy texts so that students can refer to different sections according to their own learning styles.

Because it is relatively short in length and easily transportable, students can take this invaluable book anywhere and use it to understand most of the structuresthey need to learn for any gross anatomy course.


"… [this book] helps you truly appreciate how and why our bodies have taken the form we have. My favorite thing about this book are the diagrams. They are incredibly clear and the use of color on the grey sketches to demonstrate the neurovascular supply is incredibly pleasing … a wonderful book for anyone genuinely interested in appreciating anatomy. I for one will refer to this before my lectures, to add a little ‘spice’ to my attempts to engender an understanding approach to anatomy."

Journal of Anatomy, 2016.

Table of Contents

About the Book


Conserved Features of Vertebrate Embryology

Causes and Mechanisms of Developmental Pathologies

A Holistic Approach to Anatomy

Head and Neck

Head and Neck Skeletal System

Head and Neck Neurovascular System

Head and Neck Muscular System

A Summary of the Head and Neck Musculoskeletal, Neurovascular, and Other Structures by Region

Upper Limb

Upper Limb Skeletal System

Upper Limb Neurovascular System

Upper Limb Muscular System

Lower Limb

Lower Limb Skeletal System

Lower Limb Neurovascular System

Lower Limb Muscular System


Trunk Skeletal System

Trunk Neurovascular System

Trunk Muscular System

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About the Authors

Rui Diogo, associate professor, Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Drew M. Noden, professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Christopher M. Smith, academic medical illustrator, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, USA

Julia Molnar, postdoctoral fellow, Howard University in Washington, DC, USA

Julia C. Boughner, associate professor, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Claudia Alexandra Amorim Barrocas, graduate student in biological illustration, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Joana Bruno, doctoral candidate, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
MEDICAL / Anatomy
MEDICAL / Pathology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General