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British Medical Association honors iconic anatomy text

Oct. 17, 2013, 9:40 AM

The British Medical Association (BMA) recently honored the 13th edition of “Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy” with its Illustrated Book Award for 2013.

This latest edition of the venerable textbook — a cornerstone of gross anatomy for medical students around the globe since 1943 — was edited by Vanderbilt’s Arthur Dalley II, Ph.D., professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Anne Agur, Ph.D., professor of Anatomy at the University of Toronto, and features photography by Vanderbilt’s Anne Rayner.

There were more than 650 submissions for this year’s BMA Illustrated Book Award, which honors a book or resource that makes the best use of visual media.

“In working together on the 11th through 13th editions of this classic atlas, our goal has been to introduce photographic surface anatomy and state-of-the-art imaging anatomy, and supplement illustrations throughout the book with text explaining their clinical relevance,” Dalley said.

“The beautiful Grant anatomical art — originally produced as gray-scale carbon dust illustrations of actual anatomical dissections with arteries, veins and nerves depicted with added color — have now all been rendered in full color.”

Dalley is also the co-author of highly regarded anatomy textbooks “Clinically Oriented Anatomy” and “Essential Clinical Anatomy.” “Grant’s Atlas” and “Clinically Oriented Anatomy” are translated into many languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Romanian and Serbian. The English editions of these books are published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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