The Secret Language of Anatomy

The Secret Language of Anatomy


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, through an exploration of their connection with culture and social meanings of shape and function.

Complete with a guide to anatomical prefixes and suffixes, this book 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.

Foreword by Alice Roberts. Alice Roberts is an anatomist, anthropologist, author and broadcaster. She has written and presented numerous BBC programmes on anatomy, archaeology, human evolution and science.

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Two colour


978 1 905367 79 5




Hardback with jacket


148 x 120 mm

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150 two-colour images

Author biography

Cecilia Brassett is a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Councillor of The Anatomical Society. Emily Evans is a senior demonstrator of anatomy at the University of Cambridge. Emily is also a medical illustrator, author and publisher. Isla Fay is the author of books and articles on the subjects of osteoarchaeology and of pre-modern environmental health and hygiene.