New Edition of Anatomy and Human Movement

Posted on 19 December 2011

Anatomy and Human Movement (6th Edition) by Professor Nigel Palastanga

This month has seen the publication of the 6th edition of Anatomy and Human Movement, authored by the University of Wales’s Head of Faculty, Professor Nigel Palastanga.

The 1st edition was produced in 1988 and has been on the required reading lists of Physiotherapy and many other health-related and Sports Science degree courses since then.

The major difference between this book and other anatomy texts is that it approaches anatomy from the perspective that it is essential for most health professionals to be able to examine patients anatomy, particularly of muscles and joints, through an intact skin.

Recently it has been accompanied by a much smaller ‘pocket book’ which compresses the text into a size that can be carried by students and clinicians whilst on clinical practice, as the main book is nearly 800 pages long.

Professor Palastanga said:

“Anatomy may seem to be an easy subject to write about as it doesn’t change.

“However, it is important to explain anatomy to the reader in a way that assists their learning.

“A good text requires new images as technology advances and the updating of terminology and illustrations.

“I am now in the process of producing a whole online anatomy course based on the book!”

Notes to Editors:

The University of Wales has decided to merge with the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David and Swansea Metropolitan University. The unified institution will be merged under the 1828 Royal Charter of the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David. This is an historic decision and offers the transformed University the opportunity to continue to serve higher education both within a Welsh and international context. It is envisaged that the three institutions will have integrated by 1 August 2012.

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