Anatomy Coloring Book, The

Anatomy Coloring Book, The

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Why use this coloring book?

For more than 35 years, The Anatomy Coloring Book has been the #1 best-selling human anatomy coloring book! A useful tool for anyone with an interest in learning anatomical structures, this concisely written text features precise, extraordinary hand-drawn figures that were crafted especially for easy coloring and interactive study. Organized according to body systems, each of the 162 two-page spreads featured in this book includes an ingenious color-key system where anatomical terminology is linked to detailed illustrations of the structures of the body. When you color to learn with The Anatomy Coloring Book, you make visual associations with key terminology, and assimilate information while engaging in kinesthetic learning. Studying anatomy is made easy and fun!

The Fourth Edition features user-friendly two-page spreads with enlarged art, clearer, more concise text descriptions, and new boldface headings that make this classic coloring book accessible to a wider range of learners.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 216 x 274 x 26mm | 960g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0321832019
  • 9780321832016
  • 16,912

Table of contents






1. Anatomic Planes & Sections

2. Terms of Position & Direction

3. Systems of the Body (1)

4. Systems of the Body (2)

5. Cavities & Linings


6. The Generalized Cell

7. Cell Division / Mitosis

8. Tissues: Epithelial

9. Tissues: Fibrous Connective Tissues

10. Tissues: Supporting Connective Tissues

11. Tissues: Muscle

12. Tissues: Skeletal Muscle Microstructure

13. Tissues: Nervous

14. Integration of Tissues


15. The Integument: Epidermis

16. The Integument: Dermis


17. Long Bone Structure

18. Endochondral Ossification

19. Axial / Appendicular Skeleton

20. Classification of Joints

21. Terms of Movements

22. Bones of the Skull (1)

23. Bones of the Skull (2)

24. Temporomandibular Joint

25. Vertebral Column

26. Cervical & Thoracic Vertebrae

27. Lumbar, Sacral, & Coccygeal Vertebrae

28. Bony Thorax

29. Upper Limb: Pectoral Girdle & Humerus

30. Upper Limb: Glenohumeral (Shoulder)


31. Upper Limb: Bones of the Forearm

32. Upper Limb: Elbow & Related Joints

33. Upper Limb: Bones / Joints of the Wrist &


34. Upper Limb: Bones / Joints in Review

35. Lower Limb: Hip Bone, Pelvic Girdle, &


36. Lower Limb: Male & Female Pelves

37. Lower Limb: Sacroiliac & Hip Joints

38. Lower Limb: Bones of the Thigh & Leg

39. Lower Limb: Knee Joint

40. Lower Limb: Ankle Joint & Bones of the


41. Lower Limb: Bones & Joints in Review


42. Introduction to Skeletal Muscle

43. Integration of Muscle Action

44. Head: Muscles of Facial Expression

45. Head: Muscles of Mastication

46. Neck: Anterior & Lateral Muscles

47. Torso: Deep Muscles of the Back &

Posterior Neck

48. Torso: Muscles of the Bony Thorax &

Posterior Abdominal Wall

49. Torso: Muscles of the Anterior Abdominal

Wall & Inguinal Region

50. Torso: Muscles of the Pelvis

51. Torso: Muscles of the Perineum

52. Upper Limb: Muscles of Scapular


53. Upper Limb: Muscles of the

Musculotendinous Cuff

54. Upper Limb: Movers of the Shoulder Joint

55. Upper Limb: Movers of Elbow & Radioulnar


56. Upper Limb: Movers of Wrist & Hand Joints

57. Upper Limb: Movers of Hand Joints


58. Upper Limb: Review of Muscles

59. Lower Limb: Muscles of the Gluteal Region

60. Lower Limb: Muscles of the Posterior


61. Lower Limb: Muscles of the Medial Thigh

62. Lower Limb: Muscles of the Anterior Thigh

63. Lower Limb: Muscles of the Anterior &

Lateral Leg

64. Lower Limb: Muscles of the Posterior Leg

65. Lower Limb: Muscles of the Foot


66. Lower Limb: Review of Muscles

67. Functional Overview


68. Organization

69. Functional Classification of Neurons

70. Synapses & Neurotransmitters

71. Neuromuscular Integration


72. Development of the Central Nervous System (CNS)

73. Cerebral Hemispheres

74. Tracts / Nuclei of Cerebral Hemispheres

75. Diencephalon

76. Brain Stem / Cerebellum

77. Spinal Cord

78. Ascending Tracts (Pathways)

79. Descending Tracts


80. Ventricles of the Brain

81. Meninges

82. Circulation of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)


83. Cranial Nerves

84. Spinal Nerves & Nerve Roots

85. Spinal Reflexes

86. Distribution of Spinal Nerves

87. Brachial Plexus & Nerves to the Upper Limb

88. Lumber & Sacral Plexuses: Nerves to the Lower Limb

89. Dermatomes

90. Sensory Receptors


91. ANS: Sympathetic Division (1)

92. ANS: Sympathetic Division (2)

93. ANS: Parasympathetic Division


94. Visual System (1)

95. Visual System (2)

96. Visual System (3)

97. Auditory & Vestibular Systems (1)

98. Auditory & Vestibular Systems (2)

99. Taste & Smell


100. Blood & Blood Elements

101. Scheme of Blood Circulation

102. Blood Vessels

103. Mediastinum, Walls, & Coverings of the Heart

104. Chambers of the Heart

105. Cardiac Conduction System & the ECG

106. Coronary Arteries & Cardiac Veins

107. Arteries of the Head & Neck

108. Arteries of the Brain

109. Arteries & Veins of the Upper Limb

110. Arteries of the Lower Limb

111. Aorta, Branches, & Related Vessels

112. Arteries to Gastrointestinal Tract & Related Organs

113. Arteries of the Pelvis & Perineum

114. Review of Principal Arteries

115. Veins of the Head & Neck

116. Caval & Azygos Systems

117. Veins of the Lower Limb

118. Hepatic Portal System

119. Review of Principal Veins


120. Lymphatic Drainage & Lymphocyte Circulation


121. Introduction

122. Innate & Adaptive Immunity

123. Thymus & Red Marrow

124. Spleen

125. Lymph Node

126. Mucosal Associated Lymphoid Tissue (M.A.L.T.)


127. Overview

128. External Nose, Nasal Septum, & Nasal Cavity

129. Paranasal Air Sinuses

130. Pharynx & Larynx

131. Lobes & Pleura of the Lungs

132. Lower Respiratory Tract

133. Mechanism of Respiration


134. Overview

135. Oral Cavity & Relations

136. Anatomy of a Tooth

137. Pharynx & Swallowing

138. Peritoneum

139. Esophagus and Stomach

140. Small Intestine

141. Large intestine

142. Liver

143. Biliary System & Pancreas


144. Urinary Tract

145. Kidneys & Related Retroperitoneal Structures

146. Kidney & Ureter

147. The Nephron

148. Tubular Function & Renal Circulation


149. Introduction

150. Pituitary Gland & Hypothalamus

151. Pituitary Gland & Target Organs

152. Thyroid & Parathyroid Glands

153. Adrenal (Suprarenal) Glands

154. Pancreatic Islets


155. Male Reproductive System

156. Testis

157. Male Urogenital Structures

158. Female Reproductive System

159. Ovary

160. Uterus, Uterine Tubes, & Vagina

161. Menstrual Cycle

162. Breast (Mammary Gland)





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About Wynn Kapit

Wynn Kapit, the designer and illustrator of this book, has had careers in law, graphic and advertising design, painting, and teaching.

In 1955, he graduated from law school, with honors, from the University of Miami and was admitted to the Florida Bar. He practiced law both before and after military service. Four years later, he decided to pursue a childhood ambition and enrolled at what is now the Art Center College in Los Angeles, where he studied graphic design. Afterwards, he worked in the New York advertising world for six years as a designer and art director. He "dropped out" in the late 1960s, returned to California, and began painting. His numerous exhibitions included a one-man show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in 1968. He returned to school and received a master's degree in painting from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972.

Kapit was teaching figure drawing in Adult Ed in San Francisco in 1975 when he decided he needed to learn more about bones and muscles. He enrolled in Dr. Elson's anatomy class at San Francisco City College. While he was a student, he created the word-and-illustration coloring format that seemed to be a remarkably effective way of learning the subject. He showed some layouts to Dr. Elson and indicated his intention to do a coloring book on bones and muscles for artists. Immediately recognizing the potential of this method, Dr. Elson encouraged Kapit to do a "complete" coloring book on anatomy and offered to collaborate on the project. The first edition of The Anatomy Coloring Book was published in 1977, and its immediate success inspired the development of a completely new field of publishing: educational coloring books.

Kapit went on to create The Physiology Coloring Book with the assistance of two professors who were teaching at Berkeley: Dr. Robert I. Macey and Dr. Esmail Meisami. That book was published in 1987 and has gone through two editions. In the early 1990s, Kapit wrote and designed The Geography Coloring Book, now in its second edition.

Lawrence M. Elson, PhD, planned the content and organization, provided sketches, and wrote the text for the book. This is his seventh text, having authored It's Your Body and The Zoology Coloring Book and co-authored The Human Brain Coloring Book and The Microbiology Coloring Book. He received his BA in zoology and pre-med at the University of California at Berkeley and continued there to receive his PhD in human anatomy. Dr. Elson was assistant professor of anatomy at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, participated in the development of the Physician's Assistant Program, lectured and taught dissection anatomy at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco, and taught general anatomy, from protozoons to humans, at City College of San Francisco.

In his younger days, Dr. Elson trained to become a naval aviator and went on to fly dive-bombers off aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific. While attending college and graduate school, he remained in the Naval Air Reserve and flew antisubmarine patrol planes and helicopters. His last position in his 20-year Navy career was as commanding officer of a reserve antisubmarine helicopter squadron.

Dr. Elson is a consultant to insurance companies and personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys on causation-of-injury/death issues, a practice that has taken him throughout the United States and Canada. He has testified in hundreds of personal injury trials and arbitrations. His research interests are focused on the anatomic bases of myofascial pain arising from low velocity accidents.
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