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B. John Melloni, PhD, is the author and co-author of several books, including Anatomy and Physiology (four volumes, McGraw-Hill); Databases: A Primer for Retrieving Information by Computer (Prentice-Hall); Melloni's Illustrated Review of Human Anatomy (J.B. Lippincott) recipient of the Award of Excellence from the AMI; Melloni's Illustrated Student Atlas of Human Anatomy (Parthenon Publishing); Melloni's Illustrated Dictionary of Medical Abbreviations (Parthenon Publishing); Attorney's Illustrated Medical Dictionary (West Group), and Melloni's Illustrated Dictionary of the Musculoskeletal System (Parthenon Publishing), selected by Doody's Rating Service as one of the 250 Best Health Sciences Books of 1999. Over the years, Dr Melloni has served as a professorial lecturer in human anatomy at Georgetown University School of Medicine and was founder and chairman of the School's Department of Medical-Dental Communication. He was director of medical visual information for the American Family Physician (AFP), published by the American Academy of Family Physicians and was Editor-in-Chief of Visual Medicine, Journal of Visual Communication in the Medical and Dental Sciences. In private consulting, he was initial reviewer of grant proposals for the U.S. Department of Public Health and has served the AMA, VA, Human Research Resources Organization (HUMRRO), pharmaceutical companies (Abbott Laboratories, Chas. Pfizer, and Glaxo SmithKline), and publishers (W.B. Saunders Company, Williams & Wilkins, and HarperCollins). He has held offices in national professional organizations and received a number of awards for his contribution to illustrated books in medicine. Now retired from the National Institutes of Health, where he served as Special Expert in Biomedical Communication, he continues in his post as co-director of the Archives of Medical Visual Resources of the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.