Whether they just weren’t available or whether I’d simply failed to notice them; I hadn’t really used any of the Lecture Notes/At A Glance/Illustrated Colour Text –type books by the time that I started second year.
Stumbling across Neuroanatomy: An Illustrated Colour Text was therefore a nice surprise when I started the Control and Movement course. This text, which (as the title makes kind of obvious) is full of many pictures and diagrams which make the idea of learning all that neuroanatomy a whole lot easier. The book contains pretty much all that you’ll need to know for your neuro side of the spot tests and a bit more as well (to keep the keen ones happy). The text is useful but far from overwhelming and, should you choose, you can get all the information that you need from the images anyway. Each of the tracts of the spinal cord are given a few paragraphs and then diagrams telling you the essentials: where the run, where they cross and what type of sensation they convey. The cross-sectional brain anatomy is also useful, although I believe that I did have to use another book for the occasional question while labelling the diagrams in the Medical School workbooks.
Overall, this is a super book. Concise writing and clear, informative diagrams make this an ideal book for the medical student and I would say that it’s definitely a book worth buying. My only (minor) criticism is that there isn’t a really big diagram of everything found in a spinal cross section but I couldn’t find this in any of the texts that I used and therefore drew my own in the end (I’ll pop it on medicworld, available to download, at some point).
Finally, I feel that it’s only right to congratulate Churchill Livingstone for the fact that they’ve spelt the word “colour” correctly, unlike some American texts!
Reviewed By: Ian Anderson (31.08.2006)