Best Human Anatomy Atlas??

im looking to buy a Human Anatomy atlas that has heeps of info about the human body and functions and has heeps of diagrams and stuff. What woud be the best choice, baring in mind im 15.

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  • Crouching Doggie

    Tiddles, very good question, I know you’re only 15, but the preeminent medical illustrator the past half century is a man named Frank Netter, MD. The book I learned human anatomy from was called "Atlas of Human Anatomy" by Frank Netter, MD (3rd edition or so). The pictures are extremely life-like, excellent colour-contrast between different parts of the body, perfectly labelled structures, but this is the real deal in terms of what doctors use when they are studying in med school. That doesn’t mean it’s gonna be way too hard for you to look things up in.

    Another very good Atlas is by this Dr. Grant…. "Grant’s Atlas of Human Anatomy," wonderful atlas, many doctors used this in med school to learn anatomy and many will say they prefer Grant’s book to Netter’s, so these would be the top choices in my humble opinion.

    In deferance to the first author, absolutely, Gray’s Anatomy is a splendid human anatomy atlas, and you can actually get pictures for free online if you google "Gray’s Anatomy" or go to and pull up free images from his book, back from 1918 or so, however, the pictures are just not as pretty or easy to figure out because even though this was The Anatomy Atlas "bible" for a long time, the colors are not as distinct, as in the Netter Atlas, nor are the labels as easy to see, plus the older names for things are sometimes no longer used.

    If you’re looking for real photographs of the different parts of the body, not just illustrations, you can look at Rohan’s book, but I think this may not be suitable for your purposes, and I don’t recommend you even bother with this just yet.

    None of the atlases I’ve recommended will tell you anything about functions of the body. Atlases are like maps, lots of info, but they don’t tell you how things work. For functional info, you need a Physiology text, say, Guyton’s book. Now, I have a feeling you’re getting overwhelmed with all this high-tech talk, so before I keep rambling my mouth, there are lots of books that combine both Anatomy & Physiology that are not as "detailed" necessarily as the stuff I’ve mentioned, and if you go to the library and search for a modern, decent book on "Human Anatomy & Physiology," I’m sure you’re find a number of wonderful books, I just don'[t know their names when the two are combined, but don’t worry, there are tons of great books out there. If you can go to and do a book search for ‘human anatomy & physiology,’ I’m sure you’ll get plenty of links to good Anat. & Physio. books, which will provide you will people’s opinions of how they liked the book and the level of information they provide…

    I hope this helps… good luck.

  • cheekysparky

    Don’t know who wrote it, but I’m pretty sure you can get The Anatomy Colouring Book (seriously!). I know it sounds like its for babies, but I’m pretty sure it was one of the books on my reading list for medical school (personally, I had The Embryology Colouring Book). They’re really easy to read and you actually colour the diagrams in as you learn. Sounds stupid I know, bt it’s actually a really good way to learn and understand anatomy.

    Or you could try Gray’s Anatomy. It’s got quite a few diagrams but it’s pretty heavy reading.

  • bhima sakthi

    snell’s is the best…with clinical questions and all

  • Grant’s & Netter’s are your best bets. A good text with great clinical correllations is Moore Dalley.

  • aneurodoc125

    Look at Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy. Lots of color pictures, but anatomy only. A popular one is the series by Frank Netter, M.D. They are "paint-pots,as my anatomy Prof called them, but if you don’t mind that the real body does not come in seven colors, it is a good reference.

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