Gross Anatomy: Recommended Review Materials

Recommended Readings Prior to Entering Medical Gross Anatomy & Embryology - Fall 2017

The Medical Gross Anatomy & Embryology course meets for two mornings a week, every week. The course progresses at a reasonable pace.  However, each meeting is a new topic. There are no review labs and there is never time to catch-up. Thus, it is critical to never fall behind.

Many students in the course will have previously attended an anatomy course as an undergraduate. While these courses are not as rigorous as Gross Anatomy, there are many components that prepare the student well for gross anatomy. For students who have not previously completed an anatomy course, they will find learning how to study for anatomy a new and different experience.

In lieu of an anatomy course, there are a couple of options that can be very helpful in the preparation of the Gross Anatomy course. Below are some suggestions for your Gross Anatomy preparations in Human Structure and Function:

1. Intro Text:  An introductory textbook called “The Big Picture: Gross Anatomy” (LANGE, by David Morton). This text was produced with the goal of preparing the undergraduate student to embark on a rigorous Gross Anatomy course.   An electronic copy is available here. [login with U of MN Internet ID required]

This book has 7 sections, each covering one of the 7 regions of the body. Overall, there are 38 short chapters. Each chapter begins with “The Big Picture” and ends with “Study Questions”. Use of this book for preparation to the Gross Anatomy should include becoming familiar with the “Big Picture” concepts, skimming the small details, and finish each chapter by answering the “Study Questions”. The small details will be covered in Gross Anatomy. However, as an introduction, being aware of the scope and scale of the multitude of structures is sufficient.

2. Course Textbook:  The textbook for Gross Anatomy is Moore, Dalley, Agur, Clinically Oriented Anatomy, LWW, 6th edition. It is a very detailed text of Gross Anatomy and contains everything that is needed for Gross Anatomy. It is also an excellent reference text to Gross Anatomy to retain for your entire career in Medicine.

The first chapter (p. 1 – 70) is an excellent Introduction to Gross Anatomy. Everything from approaches to the study of anatomy, to Anatomical terminology, planes, and positions, to an introduction to all systems in the body, to medical imaging techniques (radiology is included in Medical gross anatomy). This section of the text would be an excellent preparation for the start of Gross Anatomy. [Complete suggested reading list is here. Preview as time permits.]

3. On-line Videos:  In conjunction with any of the readings, there are also on-line videos developed as an introduction to Gross Anatomy [posted in top right corner, yellow box of this page] - this will also be posted on the Human Structure & Function course site, when it is shared with you in early August.

     (i) A series of lectures to introduce the Anatomy by Systems – “Put the Pieces Together”

     (ii) An introduction video on Anatomical Terms and Conventions. (Students suggest that this is required viewing.)

     (iii) Orientation to Dissection

4. (PREVIEW): The required atlas for the course is ”Atlas of Human Anatomy” 6th edition, Netter (Elsevier). It might also be a good idea to flip through your Netter Atlas to get comfortable with the organization. Note that Gross Anatomy and the Atlas are organized by Regions.

Additional Resources:

Intro to Anatomical Terms & Conventions