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The Anatomy Coloring Book

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,317 ratings  ·  61 reviews
For over 23 years, The Anatomy Coloring Book has been the #1 selling human anatomy coloring book, offering concisely written text and precise, extraordinary hand-drawn figures. Organized according to body systems, each of the 170 plates featured in this book includes an ingenious color-key system where anatomical terminology is linked to detailed illustrations of the struc ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 400 pages
Published July 5th 2001 by Pearson (first published 1977)
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Lena Webb
I had such a good time coloring that I thought I should probably go to medical school. Then I turned the page and saw how badly my markers had seeped through the pages and thought better of it.
Taylor Yardley
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book saved my ass in Anatomy while doing my nursing pre reqs. The diagrams in class and the models with little flags couldn't hold a candle to the efficacy of coloring the different parts and committing it to memory.

Sure, this could be an enjoyable "fun" coloring book for an adult who enjoys it, but it's primary purpose was education. Some reviewers seem to have missed that.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
though not specifically for artists, the musculature section is one of the best i have seen. points of muscle origin and insertion are made instantly clear. muscle function is described more clearly here than in any artistic anatomy text i have encountered. coloring helps with learning anatomy and allows the reader to become intimate with each reference plate. read, color, copy, and improve
Lisa Vegan
This is by far the easiest method to learn human anatomy.
Alison J
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If your a visual learner it's great. I would make photo copies of each section I was working, then the book can be reused as a refresher when needed as many times as you wanted to cover a topic. ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: decolonize-yoga
DNF and would not recommend for someone who wants to colour. The thing about this is that you can’t actually colour in between all the different parts that are outlined in the anatomy maps so you always have to sharpen your crayons. Or maybe I just don’t know how to colour 🤷🏻‍♀️

I also found all the instructions on how to colour (colour all of these in light colours!) annoying. IM GOING TO COLOUR HOW I WANT, OK.I felt like they just removed the shading in these maps without thinking at all about
Thomas Ray
There's a 4th edition 2013. Reasonably priced No surprise a coloring book isn't in the library. ...more
Sharon Lee
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Made anatomy class a lot more fun.
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got this book in 2007, when I really wanted to color but adult coloring books didn't exist. I finished the bones and muscles that year. I used those pages as a reference over the years to look up sites of injuries. This year, after an offhand comment by a doctor, I picked up this book again and I'm working through the other systems. (So far, I've done the nerves, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and lymphoid systems. I'm leaving cardiovascular for last because it looks boring ...).

I have no co
Susan Johnson
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book makes for a fascinating coloring and reading adventure! It brought back many memories of a college biology class that I loved ( that taught biology 101 through human anatomy and physiology). For visual and/or kinesthetic learners, this is the best way to learn anatomy short of dissecting your own cadaver.

The only small complaint I have is this book needs a rigorous editor! I spotted quite a few inconsistencies/errors that must have occurred as the book was being updated from previous e
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As both an artist and a nursing student, I love this book. It helps tremendously with my visual memory - and with tracing and keeping track of all the little details, especially of assorted vessels and nerves.
Maureen O'Brien O'Reilly
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
super duper way to review anatomy
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helpful during Yoga Teacher Training
Brittany-Marie Aarons
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the required text for my DANCE class and it was ah-mazing!
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very helpful in learning the subject!
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I used this in massage therapy school and it was really helpful. Glad I had this as a learning tool.
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Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is fun because it has such an innocent sounding title, but has a lot of meat inside. It's not just a coloring book, but has descriptions of what is on the page. For most of the book printing is on the right hand page only. (That is a plus since it removes the problem of bleed-through.)

Reading is slow because I am a slow colorer. Coloring the illustrations makes them much more delightful, and the book often has suggestions as to what kinds of colors to use. It is a delightful book to br
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: games
This book is fun to have, and several of the sections (on muscle groups particularly) are useful, but I believe it covers a little more than it should. The sections on connective and epithelial tissue are way too detailed to make coloring a useful method of learning. It seems that they took textbook information, made it very concise, and tried to squeeze in images. It worked better for Botany and Biology, and I wouldn't recommend it if you are short on cash. ...more
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
No I haven't read every single page in this amazing book, but I do use it a lot! I absolutely love how if I can't find an answer to a muscle problem I can flip open this book and there it is; the answer staring me in the face. It shows the muscles and when they are used in convenient pictures with maybe some small explanations. It's so easy! I use this version but there are many others that I know are just as good. I bow down to these books. ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am not a nurse, or a doctor, nor do I want to be. But I loved this book. I really love to color, yes, I am an adult, but it is not something I have grown out of. This book presents detailed pictures of human anatomy. The text describes the location and function of different internal organs. The diagrams are beautifully drawn. You can enjoy coloring the pictures and diagrams all while learning more about human anatomy.
The Badger
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I highly suggest this for anyone who needs to learn anatomy. You color in the word of the body part and then color the corresponding part the same color. It's an amazing way to learn (and remember) anatomy. Pineal gland? Latisimus dorsi? You got it! I originally purchased the book for my Pilates training, but what I learned had me leaps and bounds ahead of my classmates in biopsych, psychopharmacology, and related classes in my Clinical Mental Health Masters program. ...more
Oct 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-books
I used this book for an introductory class in anatomy & kinesiology through UCSD extension. Since the class is geared for getting certified as an exercise instructor, the book was WAY more complicated than we needed. We discussed a higher level of information in more simplified terms. Having said that, the diagrams are very helpful.

It takes a lot longer to color them than you'd think!
Rosie Estrin
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great way to learn anatomy. We learn using our senses. This method adds so much more than trying to GET the information from flat pages in a book. I need to perceive variety ,depth, contrast etc to really understand the nuances. This book along with colored pencils and a sharpener can help you learn anatomy better.
Chris Hayden
Dec 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kinesthetic learners, anatomy geeks
A fun overview of basic anatomy, something I can do while listening to music and so on, allowing my kinesthetic sense to do the work. Some of the pictures get a bit garbled (i.e., the hand) unless you are the Rembrandt of coloring books.
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fitness-health
Best and most FUN way to learn anatomy -- coloring! I love this book so much and recommend it highly to anyone learning anatomy. It's full of great information and uses a very hands on method of learning. Plus, it's just fun to color. :) ...more
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school-books
This book is great! What better way to encourage studying than through an artistic endeavour. Helps those that are right brain memorize all the intricate details needed for intensive anatomy classes down the road.
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Useful study tool, although some of the drawings are difficult to figure out as far as whether that thin line there is supposed to be a vein or tendon or an artery or any other long-thin-line-type-structure. But hey - it's a coloring book, so who cares? ...more
Vivian Keh
Utilizes a different learning modality to really glue the information in your brain - was a really helpful and enjoyable break to an intense heavy on memorization anatomy course. Good review if you forgot what you learned way back when!
Ernie Cordell
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I like this series: It's better than I anticipated; I think some of the earlier editions had covers that made them seem too elementary. I've almost finished my Human Brain and I just started my Physiology, so I think they're pretty cool. Get out the big box of crayons ;) ...more
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