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Discovery. That’s the hallmark of our manual therapy textbooks and educational resources.

Approachable, easy-to-navigate content to encourage active exploration. Remarkably clear, engaging visuals that ignite curiosity about the human body. Resources that inspire instructors to reimagine ways of teaching and enlivening every classroom.

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Trail Guide to the Body

A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology

Trail Guide to Movement

Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists


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Trail Guide to the Body, 6th edition

NOW AVAILABLE! Featuring updated, full-color illustrations, chapter introductions, and case stories for powerfully effective ways to deliver surface anatomy and palpation lessons. Explore more.

Trail Guide to Movement, 2nd edition

NOW AVAILABLE! This fascinating journey into the world of kinesiology goes even deeper, with 15 pages of additional vital content. Learn more.

A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, 7th edition

NOW AVAILABLE! In her new edition, Ruth Werner further empowers students with critical thinking skills to design safe, effective, evidence-informed treatment plans. Discover.


Trail Guide to the Body:
The most popular name in palpatory anatomy.

Trail Guide to the Body is the top-selling textbook for musculoskeletal anatomy and palpation. More than 900,000 copies have sold worldwide.

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Trail Guide to the Body

Required by more manual therapy programs in the US than any other text.


of Massage Therapy Programs


of Athletic Training Programs


of Physical Therapy Asst Programs


of Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs


Serving over 2,500 programs worldwide.

Books of Discovery is one of the most respected publishers of foundational manual therapy textbooks and educational resources, covering musculoskeletal anatomy, palpation, surface anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, and anatomy and physiology.

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Athletic TrainingExercise Science & KinesiologyMassage Therapy

Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy


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What people are saying…

As a first year MOT student, my classmates and I have benefited greatly from Trail Guide to the Body. It’s informative as an academic, and perhaps just as importantly, an emotional tool. Thank you for making this relatively dry subject exponentially more entertaining.
Abigail Dann
Student in the MOT Program Dept. of Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh
Trail Guide to the Body is the best anatomy book on the market. The ease of use and thoroughness of the material make it an irreplaceable book throughout the entirety of our program. I can't imagine teaching without it!
Meredith Decker, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Athletic Training Master’s Degree Program, University of Texas at Arlington

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