The Anatomy Coloring Book

Posted: January 13, 2014
The Anatomy Coloring Book
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Sorry, it's not that kind of anatomy. Currently in its 4th Edition, The Anatomy Coloring Book has been simultaneously dazzling its doodlers and teaching them the basics of anatomical structures for more than 35 years. Included text is descriptive and precise, and hand-drawn line figures highly detailed, yet still crafted expressly for easy crayon access and interaction. Even if you're not a huge science nerd, it could be cool to have a formal diagram of every major bodily system to pinpoint exactly what spinal nerve that dart your friend Cornelius misfired by a mile punctured, and where in your digestive tract the 1-pound wedge of blue cheese you ate in one bite on a dare is now lodged. It could also be cool to color-code these systems according to Avenger suit color combinations.

Authors Wynn Kapit and Lawrence M. Elson have compiled 162 two-page spreads featuring color keys that link anatomical terminology to their illustrations. This way, users who follow the key can train a visual association with each of the wacked-out-sounding Greek and Latin words the colors correspond to. (Oh. So there goes my Avengers idea.) New to the 4th Edition of The Anatomy Coloring Book are enlarged artwork, more succinct text descriptions, and boldface headings further categorizing smaller systems by their overlords.

Following an introductory Orientation to the Body, major Anatomy Coloring Book headings include Cells & Tissues, Integumentary System, Skeletal & Articular Systems, Muscular System, Nervous System, Central Nervous System, Central Nervous System: Cavities & Coverings, Peripheral Nervous System, Autonomic (Visceral) Nervous System, Special Senses, and Cardiovascular System.

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