Clinical Anatomy 29:538

by Stephen W. Carmichael, Carla Stecco.

21 febbraio 2016


To the best of my knowledge, this is the first atlas to deal exclusively with the fascias of the human body. While being the first atlas of its kind, it sets the standard very high and fully fulfills the gap in our libraries. The Atlas is organized into eight very logical chapters. The first three chapters are general (Connective tissues, Subcutaneous tissue and superficial fascia, and Deep fascia) and the remainder are regional (Fascias of the head and neck, thorax, abdomen, and so forth). Each chapter concludes with a list of references and a bibliography that ranges from historic articles to the most recent work on fascias. Since anatomy is a visual science, good illustrations are essential for an atlas. The illustrations are one of the strongest features of this Atlas. Illustrations include (but are not limited to) high-quality macro- and microphotographs in abundance, radiologic images of all types, helpful diagrams and graphs, and beautiful artwork. Perhaps the most interesting and helpful features of this Atlas are numerous “Clinical Pearls” that cover the gamut from systemic (e.g., Marfan’s syndrome) to generally regional (e.g., Role of the thoracolumbar fascia in spinal stabilization) to specifically
regional (e.g., plantar fasciitis). There is one “History Box” that tells us about Petrus Camper, Antonio Scarpa, and Abraham Colles and their descriptions of the fascias of the abdominal wall and perineum. Whereas the History Box is informative, the emphasis is clearly on the clinical significance of fascia. A bonus feature that comes with this Atlas is access to online resources that feature 14 videos of very high quality. They present a dynamic demonstration of pertinent dissections with narration. This unique and complete Atlas is a pleasure to read. The lucid descriptions accompanied by relevant illustrations make the topics very clear. As indicated above, the clinical relevance of fascias is the major emphasis. I do not hesitate to recommend this Atlas to every clinical anatomist who feels a need to fill a gap in their knowledge base. Furthermore, the readder is presented with many interesting facts that can help the anatomic educator impart important information to students of anatomy.

Full text at this link. DOI: 10.1002/ca.22693

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