Anatomy Tutorials

Anatomy Tutorials

Anatomy is defined as the study of the structure, or form, of the body.  There are two main subdivisions of anatomy, gross anatomy and microscopic anatomy. Gross anatomy deals with the structures in the body that can be seen with the naked eye, and microscopic anatomy, also called histology, refers to the study of tissues seen through a microscope. Along with visual inspection, there are three other ways in which to study anatomy. These are palpation, or physically touching a structure or area; auscultation, or listening to a particular area of the body; and percussion, or tapping a structure or area.

Knowledge of anatomy is critically important for people in the medical profession such as doctors, surgeons, and nurses. Without this knowledge, they could not properly diagnose and treat people with medical conditions or perform life-saving operations. Understanding anatomy is also important for emergency medical personnel, forensic scientists, physical and occupational therapists, and others. Even personal trainers need a certain level of understanding of anatomy in order to ensure that they can safely lead their clients through an exercise program.

Students who may be struggling with certain aspects of anatomy can find a wealth of information on the Internet. There are many resources online that give in-depth information about the different body systems and the structures found there. Here are some sites that can aid in the study of anatomy.

Head and Neck Tutorials

Superficial Head and Neck: Full tutorial

Upstate Medical University Gross Anatomy: Head and Neck

The Whole Brain Atlas

Anatomy of the Head and Neck

Thorax and Spine Tutorials

Interactive Atlas of Thoracic Viscera

Laboratory Dissections of the Thorax

Anatomy Manual: The Vertebral Column and Spinal Cord

Spine Tutorial

Abdomen/Pelvis Tutorials

Radiologic Anatomy: Abdomen and Pelvis Self-Assessment

Superficial Thorax and Abdomen Dissection Video

Anatomy Website of the University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program: Abdomen, Abdominal Wall, and Plexes

Virtual Hospital: Anatomy of the Pelvis and Perineum

Limbs Tutorials

Anatomical Analysis of the Human Upper Limb

Wrist and Hand Anatomy

Musculoskeletal Radiology: Lower Extremity

The Ankle and Foot

Foot and Ankle Anatomy Slides

Additional Resources

Gross Anatomy: Bones, Muscles, Nerves, Arteries, and More

Duke University Gross Anatomy Resources

Medical Matrix Anatomy Resources

Graduate Medical Education Anatomy Wiz!

Anatomy Atlases

Basic Human Anatomy: A Regional Study of Human Structure

University of Arkansas Anatomy Tables

Practice Anatomy Lab

The Virtual Body

Gray’s Anatomy