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The Secret Language of Anatomy

Cecilia Brassett, Emily Evans, Isla Fay Size: 148 x 120 mm
Black & White Pages: 176
ISBN: 978 1 905367 79 5 Hardcover


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.

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.

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.


size: 210 x 148 mm

Cecilia Brassett

Emily Evans

Emily Evans, BSc (Hons) (Anatomy & Cell Biology) medical artist, teacher, author and publisher. Alongside running her business in anatomical art from her studio in London, Emily is also a senior demonstrator of anatomy at Cambridge University. Additionally, Emily writes books about contemporary art and anatomy, is the owner of Anatomy Boutique and creative director at imprint publishing house Anatomy Boutique Books. She regularly writes and gives talks about the use of anatomy in contemporary art practice. Emily is a member of the Anatomical Society, Institute of Anatomical Sciences and a councillor of the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain.

Isla Fay


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