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Published 12/1/2008
Carolyn Rogers

Textbook brings surgical anatomy to life

Atlas has dazzling anatomic visuals

Newly translated from the Spanish text, Manual y Atlas Fotográfico de Anatomía del Aparato Locomotor, the AAOS publication, Surgical Atlas of the Musculoskeletal System, offers readers a superb visual presentation of musculoskeletal anatomy.

Nearly 1,000 stunning anatomic images and full-color photographs are presented alongside corresponding magnetic resonance images or computed tomography scans to create a coronal, frontal, and sagittal multiplanar presentation. Dozens of exquisite line drawings create a visual connection between anatomic preparations, anatomic cuts, and images to demonstrate how different areas work together.

Broad appeal
Orthopaedic surgeons preparing for the Maintenance of CertificationTM exam or for primary certification can use this excellent reference for a thorough review of musculoskeletal anatomy. Residents and medical students will find the book’s treasure trove of images an invaluable aid in the study and review of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.

Sections cover the osteology, arthrology, myology, neurology, and angiology of three anatomic areas: Scapular girdle and upper limb; head and trunk; and pelvic girdle and lower limb. Translation editors are Miguel E. Cabanela, MD, Sergio A. Mendoza-Lattes, MD, and Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo, MD. Authors of the original text are Manuel Llusá Perez, MD, PhD; Àlex Merí Vived; and Domingo Ruano gil, MD, PhD.

Text is a 1st for Academy
Perhaps a reflection of the increas­ing globalization of orthopaedics, the purchase of rights and translation of a foreign-language orthopaedic textbook for the U.S. market is a first for the AAOS.

The Academy purchased the “reverse rights” to Manual y Atlas Fotográfico de Anatomia del Aparato Locomotor (Surgical Atlas of the Musculoskeletal System), from Editorial Médica Panamericana—a publisher based in Madrid, Spain.

A book fair “find”
The text was first discovered by Lynne Dowling, director of the AAOS international department, at the 2004 Frankfurt Book Fair (see related story on page 54). Flipping through the text, she found the images to be “absolutely astounding.”

At Ms. Dowling’s request, Dr. Cabanela, International Committee chair, and Carlos A. Garcia-Moral, MD, reviewed the text to assess whether it would be worthwhile to translate the book into English for the U.S. market.

Their answer was a resounding “¡Sí!”

“The content was succinct, but valuable and up-to-date,” said Dr. Cabanela. “The photographic images were abundant and superb.”

The Publications Committee agreed with that assessment. The committee had recently identified anatomy as an area for future publication, so the subject matter and timing were ideal. Translating the text into English would also be much more cost effective than developing a new surgical anatomy text from scratch.

Once the Publications Committee and the Council on Education gave the green light, the project quickly moved ahead.

Sales outstrip expectations
Although translating the text proved a bit more challenging than anticipated, the hard work by many was well worth it. Excitement about Surgical Atlas of the Musculoskeletal System began building well in advance of the publication, with many AAOS members prebooking their orders during the 2008 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Although the text has been on the market for just a few months, sales are running 280 percent ahead of projections—already exceeding sales goals for the entire year.

The hardcover book comes with a CD-ROM that contains all 960 figures and images, which can be downloaded for use in presentations and teaching. The AAOS member and resident price is $140; nonmembers pay $175. To order, visit www.aaos.org/products or call (800) 626-6726.

Carolyn Rogers is a staff writer for AAOS Now. She can be reached at rogers@aaos.org