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Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore...

Step inside the pages of Anatomicum to enjoy the experience of a museum from the comfort of your own home. The 2019 offering from Welcome to the Museum guides readers through the human body, from the muscles we use to show emotion, to the delicate workings of the brain. With sumptuous artwork by Katy Wiedemann and expert text by professor Dr Jennifer Z Paxton, this beautiful book is a feast of anatomical knowledge.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 278 x 376 x 15mm | 1,230g
  • Big Picture Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. col. ills.
  • 9781787414921
  • 5,368

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Published in association with The Wellcome Collection, this intimate guide to the human body, from the top of the skull to the tip of the toes, is illustrated with detailed anatomical drawings that show every muscle group and nerve. Expert descriptions are simple enough for young readers and will inspire budding doctors and scientists. * Daily Mail * This beautiful book explores the human body from underneath the skin as if it were a journey through a museum. Katy Wiedemann's delicately drawn diagrams accompany
Jennifer Paxton's detailed anatomical information for a learning experience that is quite unlike any other. * Science Focus * Gone are the days of boring non-fiction books just full of facts. This is a beautifully illustrated, comprehensive book about the body which is a treat for the mind, as well as a visual delight. * The Teacher Bookworm * Children and parents will be absorbed by this remarkable book * Carousel * Anatomicum is the most incredible book, written by Dr Jennifer Z Paxton (University of Edinburgh), illustrated by Katy Wiedemann and printed by Big Picture Press.

The book is set out as if you are walking around the inside of your body and exploring every part - much as you would when you enter a museum. You are taken on a tour chapter by chapter through the different parts of the anatomy, referring to each chapter as a 'Gallery'. As you progress through the book you discover about every system in the body, right down to how a human evolves from a single cell and what happens to us during puberty.

Gallery is an apt name for each chapter because the descriptions are accompanied by the most incredible graphic and realistic illustrations I have ever seen. Each diagram is clearly labelled (including Latin names) to tell you exactly which part is which, with a key to concisely explain each part.

The text is incredibly clear and easy to read and the descriptions are really easy to follow. The book is large, which ensures the diagrams are easy to look at and it is well spaced out, thus ensuring that an overload of information is not what you feel you're walking away with. Every subject matter is dealt with sympathetically and sensitively in a matter of fact way - thus ensuring that the journey you take through the book is one of awe and wonder about how amazing our bodies really are.

This book is absolutely invaluable for anyone starting at secondary school - as my son has just done - and I wish that a book like this had been available when I was studying the anatomy at school. Not a stone has been left unturned when creating this book and I believe it is a must-have for every household. My children find it fascinating to flick through and concentrate on an organ or system at a time. They are particularly enamoured by the illustrations, which you'd be forgiven for confusing for photographs in places, they are so good. What an amazing Christmas gift! * Review Studio UK *
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About Jennifer Z Paxton

Jennifer Z Paxton (Author)
Jennifer Z Paxton is Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh and Principal Investigator of the Paxton Lab, a tissue engineering laboratory. Jennifer has won the Wellcome Trust 'I'm a Scientist' competition twice (2013, 2018). She loves bringing the science of anatomy to a wider audience and working with primary schools to engage more children with the subject.

Katy Wiedemann (Illustrator)
Katy Wiedemann is an illustrator and tattoo artist in Philadelphia, USA. Her work explores the field of scientific illustration, particularly that of anatomy. Working in ink and watercolour, Katy uses traditional techniques to blend realism and scientific understanding. Katy is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration, as well as a MA in Illustration from Edinburgh College of Art.
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