The Secret Language of Anatomy is an initiation into the mysterious subject of anatomical terminology. Beautifully crafted illustrations uncover the close relationship between the parts of the human body and the evocative names given to them by anatomists. Decoding the body's secret language brings to life the history of anatomical terms, and explains why some words are used to describe very different organs and structures. Complete with a guide to anatomical prefixes and suffixes, this book will appeal not only to medical students and practitioners, but also to readers interested in the history of anatomy, in the structure of the human body, and in medical etymology, as well as the history of language.
'The anatomical language we use today isn't designed to be exclusive, the preserve of the elite. Instead, it's an international language which allows anatomists and clinicians across the globe to communicate with each other. The language can seem quite foreign if you re not a classical scholar, but finding the meaning in those words unlocks fascinating secrets as well as understanding. The human body becomes a wonderland of curious details: spiderwebs inside the skull, crescent moons in the knee, a raven's beak in your shoulder, a horse's tail at the end of your spinal cord, a pea inside your wrist, and vine tendrils hidden inside the scrotum. This, then, is a guidebook to take with you, on your travels. Obscure meanings will become clear, hidden patterns will emerge, and exquisite gems will be revealed. Enjoy the adventure.' Professor Alice Roberts, Anatomist, author & broadcaster, Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham
'This book should be mandatory reading for all students of anatomy.' Susan Standring MBE, Emeritus Professor of Anatomy, King's College London, Editor-in-Chief, Gray's Anatomy.