Saladin Human Anatomy, 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2017: Human Anatomy

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McGraw-Hill Education, Nov 17, 2017 - Science - 813 pages

 Saladin’s Human Anatomy goes beyond descriptions of body structure

to read as a story that weaves together basic science, clinical

applications, the history of medicine, and the evolutionary basis

of human structure. Saladin combines this humanistic perspective

with vibrant photos and art to convey the beauty and excitement of

the subject to beginning students.

New to the Fifth Edition

New Scientific Information

This fifth edition features new and updated scientific content on

the limitations and applications of MRI and PET scans (chapter 1);

pseudopods and ciliopathies (chapter 2); the pathogenesis of pressure

sores (chapter 3); causes of spontaneous abortion (chapter 4);

skin grafting with atomized spray-on stem cells (chapter 5); the

reemergence of polio due to anti-vaccination politics (chapter 14);

and the newly recognized pancreatic hormone amylin (chapter 18).

This edition also offers new functional perspectives on biomechanics

of the fingernails (chapter 5) and patella (chapter 8);

myoglobin (chapter 10); serratus posterior muscles (chapter 11);

linguistic functions of the right cerebral hemisphere (chapter 15);

lamellar corpuscles (chapter 17); the trabeculae carneae and papillary

muscles of the heart (chapter 20); the spleen (chapter 22); the

shape and interfaces between pulmonary alveoli (chapter 23); and

oogenesis and folliculogenesis (chapter 26). Chapter 21 offers new

Deeper Insight essays on air embolism and central venous catheters.

New Perspectives

This edition follows Gray’s Anatomy and other leading authorities

in dispensing with origin and insertion terminology for muscle

attachments (for reasons explained on page 241). The muscle

tables in chapters 11 and 12 now list muscle attachments without

calling them by these increasingly obsolete terms. Muscle innervations

are also simplified in these tables by citing the major cranial

and spinal nerves rather than their finer branches.

This edition updates many other anatomical terms and deletes

most eponyms in keeping with the Terminologia Anatomica. It

deletes or de-emphasizes other commonly held but erroneous

beliefs such as lactic acid as a cause of muscle fatigue (chapter 10),

discredited stories such as Phineas Gage’s brain trauma effects

(chapter 15), the long-believed absence of lymphatic vessels from

the CNS (chapter 22), and obsolete practices such as gallstone

lithotripsy (chapter 24).

New Art and Photography

This edition has more than 90 changes in the art program ranging

from fine adjustments in art and labeling to entirely new

figures of pseudopods (fig. 2.14), structure of the nucleus

(fig. 2.18), and proteasomes (fig. 2.19c). Improvements

have been made in depictions of the optic radiation of the

brain (fig. 17.30) and intercalated discs of cardiac muscle

(fig. 20.14). Color keys to the bones have been added to all of

the skull art in chapter 7.

New and better photography will be found in these pages for

the cerebral angiogram (fig. 1.3b); fluorescent-stained cytoskeleton

(fig. 2.16b); the 20-week fetus in utero (fig. 4.11f); basal

cell carcinoma (fig. 5.13a); persons exhibiting spinal osteoporosis

(fig. 6.16c), peripheral edema (fig. 22.2); the developmental

effect of thalidomide (fig. 4.15); X-ray anatomy of the hand

(fig. 8.5c); dissection of the ankle (fig. 9.26b); vascular casts of

skeletal muscle and the thyroid gland (figs. 10.13 and 21.2); histology

of lymphatic nodules (fig. 22.8); the lung (fig. 23.10); the

pituitary and adrenal glands (figs. 18.3 and 18.8); and new electron

micrographs of erythrocytes in a capillary (fig. 19.3c), an

eosinophil (fig. 19.7), macrophage action (fig. 22.7), gastric pits

(fig. 24.12), the renal glomerulus (fig. 25.9), and seminiferous

tubules (fig. 26.4).

What Else Is New?

Saladin has added two full-page illustrated summaries of the

levels of skeletal muscle structure (table 10.1) and cranial nerve

pathways (fig. 15.24), enabling students to step back from the

details and see the big picture. Expected Learning Outcomes for

each chapter section are now listed by letter (in place of bullet

points) for easier reference or assignment by instructors, and are

reinforced with Assess Your Learning Outcomes in the Study

Guide at the end of each chapter. Feedback from students in his

own classroom and e-mails from students worldwide have led Ken

to rewrite several passages for economy of words and greater conceptual


A Storytelling Writing Style

Students and instructors alike cite Saladin’s prose style as the number

one attraction of this book. Students doing blind comparisons

of Ken Saladin’s chapters and those of other anatomy books routinely

find Saladin clearly written, easy to understand, and a stimulating,

interesting read. Saladin’s analogy-rich writing enables

students to easily visualize abstract concepts in terms of everyday


Such dimensions are more impressive when we scale them up

to the size of familiar objects. If the soma of a spinal motor neuron

was the size of a tennis ball, its dendrites would form a huge bushy

mass that could fill a 30-seat classroom from floor to ceiling. Its

axon would be up to a mile long but a little narrower than a garden

hose. This is quite a point to ponder. The neuron must assemble

molecules and organelles in its “tennis ball” soma and deliver

them through its “mile-long garden hose” to the end of the axon.



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 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Saladin, Kenneth S., author. | Sullivan, Stephen J., author. | Gan, Christina A., author.

Human anatomy / Kenneth S. Saladin, Georgia College and State

University; digital authors, Stephen J. Sullivan, Bucks County Community

College, Christina A. Gan, Highline College.

Fifth edition. | New York, NY : MHE, [2017] | Includes index.

LCCN 2015042424 | ISBN 9780073403700 (alk. paper)

LCSH: Human anatomy—Textbooks.

LCC QM23.2 .S25 2017 | DDC 612—dc23 LC record available at

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