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Gray's Clinical Photographic Dissector of the Human Body

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Dissection of the human body, even in the twenty-first century, continues to be the best way of learning the intricacies of the human body. The tactility involved with dissection and the variations in structures between specimens allows the student to gain a much deeper appreciation of human morphology. However, as the time allotted for anatomical education continues to be whittled down in most curricula, courses must continually evolve. Therefore, courses that continue to dissect the human cadaver must utilize all available time wisely. Traditionally, in most anatomy courses that use cadavers, students begin their dissections with the aid of a dissector and follow step-by-step instructions of how to dissect the human body. Such guides, in general, are written much like cookbooks and usually do not provide students with a pictorial step-by-step guide of what to expect during their exploration of the human body. When figures are used by such resources, they are almost always schematic drawings that often look nothing like the actual anatomical structures that are seen by the students. It is this deficit in the extant literature that compelled us to compile dissection photographs with accompanying text to better assist the student of anatomy. It is our hope that being able to see what students are expected to find during their dissection, from superficial to deep, will allow them to be more efficient not only in their learning experience but also with their time.

Surgical Anatomy of the Lumbar Plexus

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Thorough knowledge of the lumbar plexus and its branches is crucial to achieving positive patient outcomes, especially with newer surgical approaches. Many of the nerve branches are formed within the psoas major muscle and careful dissection is necessary to free them during surgery to prevent damage. Moreover, the iliac vessels are medial to some of the larger branches of the plexus, such as the femoral and obturator nerves. In the retroperitoneal space, the kidney and ureter are nearby. In addition, due to the overlying peritoneal cavity and its contents, accessing the lumbar plexus presents considerable challenges.

Surgical Anatomy of the Lumbar Plexus is the only book on the market devoted to the lumbar plexus and its branches, focusing on anatomy and clinical applications, pathology, surgery, and imaging. Internationally known authors R. Shane Tubbs, Marios Loukas, Amgad Hanna, Rod Oskouian and a cadre of esteemed specialists provide unique insights, clinical pearls, knowledge based on thousands of spine surgeries, and a well-rounded multidisciplinary perspective.

Key Highlights

  • Nine separate chapters dedicated to impacted nerves: subcostal, iliohypogastric, ilioinguinal, lateral femoral cutaneous, genitofemoral, femoral, obturator, furcal, and accessory obturator
  • History and overview of dermatomal anatomy of branches derived from the lumbar plexus
  • Anesthetic blockade of the femoral, lateral femoral cutaneous, iliohypogastric, ilioinguinal, and genitofemoral nerves
  • Tips for preventing complications and achieving positive outcomes for lateral transpsoas approaches to the lumbar spine and other procedures
  • More than 100 novel illustrations provide clarity and understanding of a complex anatomical area as it relates to surgery involving the lumbar plexus and branches

This one-of-a-kind resource provides crucial surgical and anatomical information on the lumbar plexus. It is a must-have reference for neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, and general surgeons. Reading it cover-to-cover will ultimately benefit patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery.

Gray's Anatomy - The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice

Contributing Editor: R. Shane Tubbs, Ph.D.


In 1858, Drs. Henry Gray and Henry Vandyke Carter created a book for their surgical colleagues that established an enduring standard among anatomical texts. After more than 150 years of continuous publication, Gray’s Anatomy remains the definitive, comprehensive reference on the subject, offering ready access to the information you need to ensure safe, effective practice.

This 41st edition has been meticulously revised and updated throughout, reflecting the very latest understanding of clinical anatomy from field leaders around the world. The book’s traditional lavish art programme and clear text have been further honed and enhanced, while major advances in imaging techniques and the new insights they bring are fully captured in new state-of-the-art X-ray, CT, MR, and ultrasonic images.

  • Presents the most detailed and dependable coverage of anatomy available anywhere.
  • Regional organization collects all relevant material on each body area together in one place, making access to core information easier for clinical readers.
  • Anatomical information is matched with key clinical information where relevant.
  • Numerous clinical discussions emphasize considerations that may affect medical care.
  • Each chapter has been edited by experts in their field, ensuring access to the very latest evidence-based information on that topic.
  • More than 1,000 completely new photographs, including an extensive electronic collection of the latest X-ray, CT, MR, and histological images.
  • Carefully selected electronic enhancements include additional text, tables, illustrations, labelled imaging and videos - as well as 24 specially invited ‘Commentaries’ on new and emerging topics related to anatomy.

An Illustrated Terminologia Neuroanatomica: A Concise Encyclopedia of Human Neuroanatomy

This book is unique in that it provides the reader with the most up-to-date terminology used to describe the human nervous system (central and peripheral) and the related sensory organs, i.e., the Terminologia Neuroanatomica (TNA), the official terminology of the IFAA (International Federation of Associations of Anatomists). The book provides a succinct but detailed review of the neuroanatomical structures of the human body and will greatly benefit not only various specialists such as (neuro)anatomists, neurologists and neuroscientists, but also students taking neuroanatomy and neuroscience courses.

 The book offers a high yield, combined presentation of neuroanatomical illustrations and text and provides the reader a ‘one-stop source’ for studying the intricacies of the human nervous system and its sensory organs. It includes an alphabetical list of official English terms and synonyms with the official Latin terms and synonyms from the TNA. With regard to the entries, the name of the item in standardized English is provided, followed by synonyms and the official TNA Latin term, Latin synonyms and eponyms, a short description and in many cases one or more illustrations.

To facilitate the use of illustrations, certain entries such as the gyri or sulci of the cerebral cortex are presented together with extensive cross-references. Terms that form part of a certain structure (such as the amygdaloid body, the thalamus and the hypothalamus) are listed under the respective structure. Segments and branches of arteries are discussed under the main artery, for example the A1–A5 segments under the anterior cerebral artery. Most nerves can be found following their origin from the brachial, cervical and lumbosacral plexuses. However, the major nerves of the limbs are discussed separately, as are the cranial nerves. Nuclei can be found by their English name or under Nuclei by their eponym. 

Bergman's Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation


Building on the strength of the previous two editions, Bergman's Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation is the third installment of the classic human anatomical reference launched by Dr. Ronald Bergman. With both new and updated entries, and now illustrated in full color, the encyclopedia provides an even more comprehensive reference on human variation for anatomists, anthropologists, physicians, surgeons, medical personnel, and all students of anatomy.

Developed by a team of editors with extensive records publishing on both human variation and normal human anatomy, Bergman's Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation is the long awaited update to this classic reference.

Lobstein: On Spinal Accessory Nerve

Mohammadali M. Shoja, R. Shane Tubbs, Nicoletta Degli Innocenti

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Johann Friedrich Lobstein (1736-1784) was an Strasbourg physician and anatomist. His 1760 inaugural dissertation on the spinal accessory nerve, written in Latin, is a classic. The neural anastomosis between the accessory and vagus nerves within the jugular foramen is known as Lobstein’s anastomosis. This book presents the first authentic English translation of Lobstein’s dissertation along with an introduction on the life of the author. The text is annotated throughout to make it easily comprehendible by contemporary readers.  

Imam Reza: The Golden Treatise of Medicine

Mohammadali M. Shoja, R. Shane Tubbs, Mostafa Ghanei

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Alī ibn Mūsā ibn Ja‘far (766-818 AD), known as Imam Reza, is the eight of the Shiite Twelve Imam, an extremely respected and holy figure for Shiite Muslims. His medical epistle written to Abbasid Caliph al-Ma’moon was known as “The Golden Treatise of Medicine” (al-Risalat az-Zahabiyya), a classic Arabic medical text, has scarcely been examined in English literature. This book presents the first annotated English translation of this medical epistle, supplemented with a biography of the author and an explanatory introduction.  

Ibn Nafis on the Anatomy of the Cranial Nerves

Mohammadali M. Shoja, Mones Abu-Asab, Rod J. Oskouian, R. Shane Tubbs

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Ibn Nafis (1213–1288) is known for his discovery of the pulmonary circulation long before Michael Servetus and William Harvey. Shedding light on the pulmonary circulation for the first time in the history of science, Ibn Nafis’ Commentary on the Anatomy in the Canon of Avicenna has been the subject of many studies, but these have all been limited to his notion on the circulation. It is equally important for the historians of science and medicine to scrutinize the remaining parts of this commentary, yet to be fully translated into English. This book is the first English translation of a section of Ibn Nafis’s commentary on the anatomy of the nerves and particularly, the cranial nerves.