Essential Books and Recommended Reading
Anatomy & Physiology
Welcome to my essential anatomy & physiology reading collection. On this page you will find links to books I recommend, which you can purchase directly from Fishpond online bookstore in New Zealand and Australia, or from Amazon in North America.
In my experience, once on these sites it pays to search for other copies of the same book, to help you find the best deal.
Black's Medical Dictionary
Black's was my first medical dictionary, a 1973 edition bought in a second-hand shop. While it is not on a technical par with Stedman's or Dorland's or as exhaustive, I still find Black's useful for its simpler explanations and clarity. Of course, 40 years on, it's going to be better.
Henry Gray - Gray's Anatomy: The Classic Collector's Edition
Written around 150 years ago, Gray's Anatomy is still regarded as the quintessential anatomy text, still used by nurses and doctors today. His explanations are very technical but all-encompassing. The diagrams, especially in the colour versions, are outstanding. Now, there is also a website with free downloadable versions of Gray's Anatomy, but personally I still like books, plus 700-odd pages is a few too many to print.
Freddy Stark - Start Exploring "Gray's Anatomy": A Fact-filled Colouring Book (Start Exploring (Coloring Books))
These colouring books are more for educational purposes, as many people learn better by doing the colouring themselves, rather than reading pages of text and looking at pictures. If this is you, then here's your book.
Elaine Marieb - Human Anatomy and Physiology: AND Brief Atlas of the Human Body
This includes physiology (function) as well as anatomy (structure) and was written for modern nursing schools. I used it as a text in my naturopathic training and I always found it clear and readable. Maybe I'm a geek, but I read this 1100 page one cover-to-cover too, just after finishing doing the same with Guyton.
This is the book Dr Ray frequently referred to in his classes. It's pretty much the "industry standard" and is widely regarded as the authoritative physiology book.
Roger J Williams - Biochemical Individuality
Have I used the words, "mind-blowing" yet? You think that everyone's intestines run in the same direction, or that everyone has the same number of parathyroid glands? Guess again. We are more unique than you'd ever imagine. What you find in most anatomy books is just the "most common" anatomy observed, not the "only" anatomy. In some cases, "most common" only applies to 20% of people! Williams profoundly shatters any illusions that we all look or function the same on the inside.
Return to the main Essential Books pages to browse more recommended reading for natural health and Body Electronics.
Or, if you want to look at more options on Fishpond, you can click on the links below.
Click here for More Health Books
Click here for Books on World Religions
Click here for Fishpond's New Zealand website
Click here for Health Books on Amazon