The Secret Language of Anatomy

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The Secret Language of Anatomy

An Illustrated Guide to the Origins of Anatomical Terms

Author: Isla Fay, Cecilia Brassett, Emily Evans Foreword by: Dr. Alice Roberts

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A strikingly illustrated key to decoding anatomical terminology, with 150 terms for body parts that derive from animals, plants, objects, and more

An initiation into the mysterious subject of anatomical terminology, this book reveals the body’s secret language by explaining the close relationship between human organs and structures and the evocative names given to them by anatomists. Beautifully crafted images illustrate 150 terms derived from the animal, food, place, plant, symbol, or other object that the body structure or function clearly resembles. Complete with a guide to prefixes and suffixes, this book decodes patterns in the naming of parts throughout the human body and makes anatomical terms more memorable for medical students and practitioners. In addition to professionals, anyone interested in the history of anatomy, the structure and function of the human body, medical etymology, and the history of language will be fascinating by this engrossing, accessible, and informative book.


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About the Author

CECILIA BRASSETT is the university clinical anatomist, responsible for organizing the anatomy teaching program, at the University of Cambridge. She initially qualified as a general surgeon, then resigned and trained in field linguistics to work among an ethnic minority group in China for some years before returning to the UK. She is also a fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and a Councillor of the Anatomical Society.

EMILY EVANS is a senior demonstrator of anatomy at the University of Cambridge. Evans is also a medical illustrator, author, and publisher. She runs her businesses Anatomy Boutique and Anatomy Boutique Books from her studio in London. She regularly writes and gives talks about the use of anatomy in contemporary art practice.

ISLA FAY joined the department of physiology, development and neuroscience, University of Cambridge, in 2016, having previously worked as a historical researcher. She is the author of books and articles on the subjects of osteoarchaeology and pre-modern environmental health and hygiene.

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