I bought this book at the start of my medical degree and it is a godsend for all those in the first few years of medical school seeking to get to grips with the human anatomy which at first can be very daunting. It is a world away from the dreary anatomy textbooks which are often quite confusing as it shows anatomy in a very understandable way and besides, who doesn't like colouring! The shading in of pictures helped cement the anatomy in my brain much more than just looking at a picture and reading the paragraph below as is the format in most textbooks. One point that I would stress is that this is a very good tool for learning major anatomy and individual areas however for more exact regional anatomy (relationships with nerves, arteries, lymphatics etc) I still had to use an anatomy textbook. Also word to the wise don't use felt tips pens when colouring in this book use pencils as it tends to blotch through to the other side. Overall a very useful and enjoyable learning tool for any medic or anatomy enthusiast which is thoroughly recommended.
I am currently studying a few biology modules for my Open University and decided to buy this book to help me study the various body systems and parts and how they all interact.
This book goes in depth and could be considered great for anyone who needs to understand every working bone, muscle, joint, system and tissue in the human body. However, in saying that it could be a little too complex for anyone that is not studying at A-Level or higher (even then some of it is a stretch for degree level students).
The whole idea is that each section of each system can be coloured and the corresponding label coloured to match. This colour scheme is then followed on throughout the book for any time that the particular system or part is mentioned or is featured in another system. (E.g if you colour the kidney a red colour, then throughout the book you will be expected to colour it the same colour.)
This way of learning the various parts has really helped me to understand how everything fits together and is also a great visual aid to revising the different subjects. It operates in a similar way to mind maps by breaking down each system into smaller parts, colouring them and then being able to remember them a lot easier.