Anatomy & Physiology

  • Anatomical Sciences Image Library

    If you're hoping to learn about everything from the femoral artery to the phalanges, this image library collection can get the job done. The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) has created this collection of links to high-quality resources that cover five topical areas, including the brain, histology, and development. Each area has at least six links, but the centerpiece is the anatomy area, with 15 resources in total. The development area is quite fine as well; links include a multi-dimensional human embryo and the e-Mouse Atlas Project, "a detailed model of the developing mouse."

  • Anatomy atlases is a digital library containing six different anatomy texts.

  • Anatomy Corner

    This fascinating and informative website was created by a high school teacher in Granite City, Missouri. It brings together a wide range of resources designed to help students learn about anatomy. The materials are divided into three sections: Anatomy Galleries, Anatomy Topics, and Virtual Cat Dissection. The Anatomy Galleries area provides slides, photos, and illustrative materials related to eye dissection, sheep heart dissection, and cat muscles. The Anatomy Topics area includes overviews of the major body systems, including the nervous, circulatory, and endocrine systems.

    The site also includes a Virtual Cat Dissection, which walks interested parties through this process.

  • Cellular Neurobiology

    Offered as part of MIT's Open CourseWare initiative, this course serves as an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. The course was developed by Professors Troy Littleton and William Quinn with an emphasis on "the cellular properties of neurons and other excitable cells."

    The materials are divided into six areas, including Lecture Notes, Readings, Syllabus, Assignments, and Exams. The Lecture Notes include concise notes on topics that include the biochemistry of synaptic transmission and neurons as conductors. Additionally, interested parties can look over the assignments and exams from past versions of the course.


  • InnerBody: Your Guide to Human Anatomy Online

  • Instant Anatomy

    Created by Professor Robert Whitaker, this website was designed to teach medical students about anatomy. Visitors to the site will find a range of materials, including diagrams, illustrations, quizzes, tips, mnemonics, and so on. On the homepage, visitors will find a What's New area, which includes podcasts that deal with subjects such as the small muscles of the hand and the anatomy of the posterior forearm. Other sections on the homepage include Head & Neck, Thorax, Abdomen, Arm, and Leg. Each of these sections includes dozens of illustrations, along with some useful Brain Training Games. These games are designed to increase comprehension of the materials covered in each area. Moving on, the Lectures area includes talks such as "Parasympathetic Supply of the Head," "Cortical Control of Cranial Nerves,"

    and several others. The site is rounded out by a collection of iPhone and iPad apps, along with a set of detailed flash cards.

  • Kids Guide To How The Brain Works

    I would like to thank Ms. Bowen & her class from the Mason learning center for reccomending this site.
    The human body is made up of a number of different types of organs, which help us grow and stay healthy. While all of these organs are important, the nervous system—which features the brain—is one of the most important. Without our brain, our ability to walk, talk, and dress would be very difficult, if not impossible. People who are interested in learning more about the brain are should first understand its parts and the way those parts work. Knowing the responsibilities of the nervous system is also important for those who hope to learn more about this important part of the body.
  • Nervous System, Neurons, Nerves

    How does the nervous system work? It is a question that has engaged the minds of scientists, doctors, and others for centuries. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has created this tour of the nervous system for teachers and students. First-time visitors can start with the Explore a Nerve Cell area, which goes over the membrane, nucleus, axon, dendrites, and the synapse in exquisite detail with interactive graphics.

    Moving on, The Basics area provides summaries of the operation of the nervous system and a rather illustrative area named Ouch! The site is rounded out by the Nervous Systems Explorations section, which has some nice simulations covering Brainstorms and Simple Reflexes.
  • Neuroscience for Kids

     Explore the nervous system, using experiments, activities, and games to learn about the brain, spinal cord, neurons, and senses. The site, which includes links to other sites and current events in the field, is appropriate to students of all ages.

  • Open Learning Initiative: Anatomy & Physiology

    Do you fully comprehend how the human body functions? Unless one has a great deal of formal training, such comprehension can be quite difficult.

    This site from Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative opens up new ways of looking at anatomy and physiology for lay people. This particular course focuses on several themes including the structure and function of the body, the levels of organization within the body, and homeostasis. There are fifteen units within this course and visitors can create a free account to keep track of their progress through each of these different areas
  • PennMedicine: Medical Animation Library

    The staff at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine has created this remarkable set of over 75 different animations and videos designed for medical professionals and the general public. The items here are divided into topics that include Allergy and immunology, Neurology, Dermatology, Pregnancy and Embryology, and "Surgery." These clips are all quite short and well-recorded, and visitors will find that they are delivered in language that is easy to understand and not laden with jargon.

    The site also includes a link to a set of "Encyclopedia Articles" which deal with a range of related topics and which can be used in the classroom as well. Finally, the site also includes links to services provided by the school's hospital and information about their academic programs.
  • Radiographic Anatomy of the Skeleton

  • Reproductive Physiology Animations

    Currently, there are over 60 animations on the site, including "Origins of Cholesterol," "Steroid Synthesis," and "Chromosomal Sex Determination." One nice feature of these animations is that some of them also have sound.

  • Spongelab: Build-A-Body

    Are you curious about how the human body works? If so, the Build-A-Body site may pique your interest in the world of the body's organ systems. The site features a drag and drop game where players are tasked with assembling an organ system and making their way through the nervous, skeletal, excretory, and reproductive systems. The site also contains a set of case studies about the various conditions that each system may encounter over the lifespan. The site is a fine tool for teaching basic concepts of human physiology and anatomy.
  • The Learning Brain: Neuroscience

    The very well-maintained BioEd Online website from the Baylor College of Medicine was recently overhauled and now it's better than ever. This particular resource collection brings together videos, teacher guides, digital slides, video presentations, and related content. The topics covered include brain structure, neurons and the nervous system, human senses and movement, learning and memory, diseases of the nervous system, and the effects of drugs on the brain and body. The entire collection is part of the National Institute of Health's Blueprint for Neuroscience Education program and is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and other partners. Visitors should not miss the Individual Lessons area, which has excellent segments on What is a Neuron?, Hormones and Stress, and seven other topics
  • Think Anatomy - Collection of the best anatomy Resources on the Web.

  • Winking Skull

     This interactive anatomy atlas allows users to select a body region, study the anatomy, and test themselves. Features multiple views, clear color illustrations, and the ability to turn labels on and off. Free registration required to use all the features.