Grant's Atlas of Anatomy
Nearly 70 years after it’s original publication Grant’s Atlas remains a top-selling anatomical atlas and is considered to be one of the “gold standard” atlases of modern medical education. First published in 1943, Grant’s Atlas was created as a solution to the shortage of the standard German anatomical atlases that were commonly used in North America prior to the Second World War. It was written by Dr. J. C.B. Grant, an anatomist at the University of Toronto and illustrated by women working at the Department of Medical Art Service.
Grant’s Atlas is distinguished from other contemporary atlases in many important ways. Its approach to anatomy was regional, not systemic. It used English anatomical terms, rather than Latin ones. It was highly visual, including more images and less text than other atlases. These features reflect Grant’s desire for his Atlas to be a practical guide for training physicians and surgeons.
Now in its 13th edition (2012), Grant’s Atlas features numerous styles of imaging. Many of the images from the first edition have been colourized. Original images are also accompanied by an array of representational techniques, including colour photographs, x-ray images, MRI images, and computer-generated graphics. Source: Anne Agur, Department of Surgery
Most of the original illustrations for Grant’s original Atlas of Anatomy were done by Dorothy Foster Chubb and Nancy Joy. The carbon dust technique, used extensively for Grant’s Atlas, is especially good for expressing three-dimensionality. This carbon dust image of the base of the brain was produced by Dorothy Foster Chubb. (c. 1942) Source: Biomedical [Read More...]
The first edition of Dr. Grant’s anatomical atlas was published in 1943. It displays his strong commitment to faithfully depicting individual specimens. This contrasted with the more common practice of producing generalized representations of idealized body parts. Images were produced by first photographing the specimens, then creating detailed line drawings and carbon-dust drawings based on [Read More...]