The Secret Language of Anatomy is an initiation into the mysterious subject of anatomical terminology. Beautifully crafted illustrations uncover the close relationship between the parts of the human body and the evocative names given to them by anatomists. Decoding the body’s secret language brings to life the history of anatomical terms, and explains why some words are used to describe very different organs and structures.
Complete with a guide to anatomical prefixes and suffixes, The Secret Language of Anatomy will appeal not only to medical students and practitioners, but also to readers interested in the history of anatomy, in the structure of the human body, and in medical etymology, as well as the history of language.
Publishing in time for holidays and will be the ideal gift book for the growing market with interest in human anatomy, with titles such as Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Penguin) and Gut: The Inside Story of our Body’s Most Under-rated Organ (Scribe) selling strongly over the past 12 months.
About the Author
Cecilia Brassett was a medical student and anatomy demonstrator at the University of Cambridge, and, as the current University Clinical Anatomist, is responsible for organizing the anatomy teaching program. 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. Emily Evans is an anatomist, medical artist, author and publisher. Alongside running her business in anatomical art from her studio in London, Emily is also a senior demonstrator of anatomy at the University of Cambridge. Additionally, Emily is the author of Anatomy in Black, owner of Anatomy Boutique and creative director at imprint publishing house Anatomy Boutique Books. She guest writes for Street Anatomy and Morbid Anatomy and regularly writes and gives talks about the use of anatomy in contemporary art practice. She is a member of the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain, the Anatomical Society and the Institute of Anatomical Sciences. Isla Fay joined the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience in 2016, having previously worked as an historical researcher, and in the funeral industry. She is the author of books and articles on the subjects of osteoarchaeology of the medieval period, and of environmental health and hygiene in the Tudor age. For checking the text, our grateful thanks are due to Nick Jardine, Emeritus Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. Any remaining errors are strictly the responsibility of the authors.