Uni book branded ‘soft porn’ for showing model in see-through top

A university textbook that features a page 3 girl striking a pose and includes a snap of another model with her nipples protruding from a skimpy top has been blasted as “soft porn”.

The medical textbook – named “Advanced Examination Techniques in Orthopaedics” – shows attractive models clad only in their bras and knickers looking suggestively down the camera.

First printed in 2003 by Cambridge University Press (CPU), the book was renamed “Examination Techniques in Orthopaedics” for the 2014 edition.

Neurologist Kate Ahmed, based in Sydney, Australia tweeted images of the suggestive poses in the textbook.

She said: "If you don't think women in medicine have problems – check out the required textbook for orthopaedics at one Australian med school."

Kate Ahmed added: "The orthopaedics textbook highlights almost everything that plagues women in medicine.

"The male doctor in an authoritarian and potentially exploitative role, the women as a sexualised object.

"And the 'boys club' mentality that resorts to bonding over photos of attractive women.

"One wonders two things after seeing these images – how would female patients feel comfortable with male surgeons after seeing their study material?”

A spokeswoman from Cambridge University Press said: "We considered some of the images to be inappropriate and requested that the authors replace them ahead of a second edition, which we published in January 2014.

"We accept that some of the images are still out of place given the subject matter.

"A new, third edition is currently being prepared and the images will be reviewed again to ensure they are appropriate and relevant to the material – a medical textbook about the clinical examination of muscle, nerve and joint function.

"To demonstrate examination techniques effectively the reader needs to be able to see skin, muscles and bony features where appropriate.

"Photos of patients with the medical conditions under discussion are also used where appropriate.

"The book is widely used and has been well-reviewed in academic journals. It for this reason that a new edition is being produced."

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