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Anatomy and Physiology Learning Modules – CEHD – U of M

Anatomy and Physiology Learning Modules – CEHD – U of M

A collection of study aids for entry-level anatomy and physiology students. Self Tests  Inquiry, Ideas, Thoughts, Learning, Curriculum.

Web Anatomy

Web Anatomy

A collection of study aids for entry-level anatomy and physiology students

Self Tests

Self Test

Quiz your self on human anatomy

Anatomy Bowl

Anatomy Bowl

A multiplayer player game where you can face off against a friends





Image Bank

Image Bank

Take a look at anatomy images

Timed Tests

Timed Tests

Race against the clock to quiz your self on human anatomy


Student Videos


December 10, 2011 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College( | , | Leave a comment

The Student Source: Medical Resources and Software


From the 19 August 2011 Scout Report item 

For students new to medical school, parsing out the most relevant and helpful information from a seemingly limitless supply of materials can be daunting.  The links are divided into two dozen topical areas, such as “Gross Anatomy”, “Nephrology”, and “Surgery”. Each section contains links from reliable sources, including the University of Toronto, Oxford University, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. The “Gross Anatomy” area is very thorough, as it contains over twenty resources that provide an overview of anatomy, anatomical slide shows, and so on

Click here for The Student Source: Medical Resources and Software

Related Resource

  • A digital library of authoritative medical information for the medical student and all students of medicine


August 26, 2011 Posted by | Finding Aids/Directories | , , , | Leave a comment

Atlas of the Human Body from the American Medical Association & Additional Anatomy Links

Atlas of the Human Body from the American Medical Association

Includes simple and clearly labelled diagrams of the circulatory system, the brain, the torso, the female reproductive system, and others.  Summaries of systems and related information. Each diagram and rendering contains a brief discussion of the system in question, along with a selection of related information on the left-hand side of the page. The section titled “Effects of Stroke” is quite effective, and this site will be a useful resource for the general public, medical professionals, and others working in related fields.

Side view of the torso

Other Online Human Body Atlases***

GetBodySmart – An Online Textbook about Human Anatomy and Physiology

“Visually Learn About the Human Body Using Our Interactive Animations”
Meant to supplement McGraw Hill Higher Education physical textbooks. Includes interactive animations and additional resources as quizzes and fact sheets. IPad compatible versions


A virtual 3D body that brings to life “thousands of medically accurate anatomy objects and health conditions in an interactive web-based platform.” Hundreds of interactive features and customized views that look through all of the body systems .Annotated Screenshots area save and share these powerful tools for use in a range of settings. While the Basic version is completely free, there are other levels of functionality available for a fee

Gray’s Anatomy 

The classic illustrated text of human anatomy (20th edition, 1918) is now available online. It is fully searchable by keyword, table of contents, or subject index containing 13,000 entries. From
InnerBody: Your Guide to Human Anatomy Online ***

“The place for fun, interactive and educational views of the human body.” You can explore human anatomy through illustrations, animation, tutorials, and descriptions.

Human Anatomy On-line 

“Human Anatomy On-line, the place for fun, interactive and educational views of the human body. This program contains over one hundred illustrations of the human body with animations and thousands of descriptive links.”

Google Body Browser

“layered, interactive, high resolution experience allows users to zoom, pan, rotate, the human body, and to visualize its organs, systems, bones, and muscles.”[From Google launches Body Browser/joycevalenz]

Human Anatomy

Designed for first year medical students, useful for others taking biology related courses. Material arranged in  six sections ranging from extremities to the head and neck. Each area contains a variety of detailed anatomical charts, glossaries, and images.  Each section includes many radiology resources for different perspective of the human body through x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. Other helpful resources include fact sheets, quizzes, teaching materials, and other freely available course materials offered from other medical schools.  State University of New York-Upstate Medical University [KMG]

Animated Anatomies 

Animated Anatomies explores the visually stunning and technically complex genre of printed texts and illustrations known as anatomical flap books. These publications invite the viewer to participate in virtual autopsies, through the process of unfolding their movable leaves, simulating the act of human dissection. This exhibit traces the flap book genre beginning with early examples from the sixteenth century, to the colorful “golden age” of complex flaps of the nineteenth century, and finally to the common children’s pop-up anatomy books of today.”

A collection of  games, videos, and other multimedia excursions. Created by Australian science teacher Ben Crossett. Games here include jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, word searches, and the catch all Just For Fun.

Anatomy Resources (American Association of Anatomists) includes these and many more

Human Anatomy Learning Site 

From the Dartmouth Medical School, the Human Anatomy Learning Web Site is a work in progress, focusing on the needs of first-time students of human anatomy. Its aim is to help students learn clinically relevant anatomy with maximum efficiency.

Anatomy and Physiology Learning Modules

From the University of Minnesota.A collection of study aids for entry-level anatomy and physiology students. Self Tests  Inquiry, Ideas, Thoughts, Learning, Curriculum.

Pocket Body iPhone app (Google Chrome Biodigital Human)

The BioDigital Human is a 3D platform for the understanding of anatomy, disease and treatments.Interactive tools for exploring, dissecting, and sharing custom views, combined with detailed medical descriptions.

*** There are only a limited number of free comprehensive online human body atlases online.
If these do not fit your needs, consider going to a nearby public, academic, or medical library.

Many academic and medical libraries are open to the public (all libraries receiving state funding are open to the public). Don’t forget to ask for a reference librarian if you would like professional assistance!

Many academic and medical libraries provide at least some reference assistance to the public. Call ahead and ask about library services to the public. You may be pleasantly surprised.

As always, feel free to contact me by leaving a comment ( it will not be posted). Or email me at jmflahiff, currently residing at her yahoo dot com account.

I would be happy to search for an image or information meeting your needs. Will reply within 48 hour.


December 18, 2010 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Health Education (General Public), Librarian Resources, Professional Health Care Resources, Public Health | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Free Online Exhibitions and Digital Projects from the US National Library of Medicine

The History of Medicine Division of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) maintains both print and online historical collections.
The print resources are available through the  NLM History of Medicine Reading Room in Washington, DC.

The NLM librarians have made portions of the History of Medicine collection freely available online.
A sampling

From Digital Repository: Films and Video
Titles as  DDT, Combat Fatigue Irritability (with Gene Kelly), and Work of the Public Health Service

Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health
Includes downloads, games, lesson plans, and a virtual related exhibit

Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body
Focuses on the history of forensic medicine

Dream Anatomy
An exhibition about anatomy and the artistic imagination

Historical Anatomies on the Web
High-quality images from important anatomical atlases in the Library’s collection

Profiles in Science
Archival collections of twentieth-century leaders in biomedical research and public health are available to the public through modern digital technology

Harry Potter – Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine (2009)

Emotions and Disease (2000)

“If You Knew the Conditions …;” Health Care to Native Americans (1994)

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (1998) (2009)

October 9, 2010 Posted by | Finding Aids/Directories, Librarian Resources, Public Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Free Anatomy Videos via MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus now includes animated anatomy videos as part of the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia.

These 78 new videos show the anatomy of body parts and organ systems and how diseases and conditions affect them.
To see a complete list of the videos, please visit the new English and Spanish  anatomy videos pages.

Here are links to a few of the videos
**Brain Components
**Kidney Stones
**Macular Degeneration

You can also find links to the videos in encyclopedia articles and MedlinePlus health topic pages.
MedlinePlus is a goldmine of good health information from the world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine.
It has links to information on over 800 diseases and conditions, a medical encyclopedia, directories, and more.

May 19, 2010 Posted by | Health Education (General Public) | , , | Leave a comment


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