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Instant Anatomy, 5th Edition

Robert H. Whitaker, Neil R. Borley

ISBN: 978-1-119-15940-7 February 2016 Wiley-Blackwell 280 Pages


Instant Anatomy presents anatomy and anatomical relationships in a simple, unique, schematic manner to aid the speedy understanding and retrieval of anatomical facts. It shows structures such as nerves and blood vessels in their entirety, unlike the partial, regional presentations given in most textbooks.

Covering the major aspects of anatomy, each section presents the relevant structures in double page spreads, with clear, full-colour diagrams on the left and concise text for each structure on the right. This new fifth edition includes more surface anatomy such as new myotome maps, bones of the hands and feet, principles of movement at shoulder and hip and images to clarify the understanding of the inguinal region and the lesser sac of the stomach.

Ideal for use alongside a core anatomy textbook, Instant Anatomy is the perfect quick reference guide for medical students, surgeons, radiologists and those in many other specialties. The companion website at with its podcasts and wide ranging multiple choice questions provide invaluable exam preparation.

Preface to fifth edition, vi

Preface to first edition, vii

Notes on the text, viii

1 Arteries, 1

2 Veins, 47

3 Lymphatics, 59

4 Autonomic nervous system, 72

5 Cranial nerves, 91

6 Peripheral nerves, 115

7 Dermatomes and cutaneous nerve distribution, 147

8 Muscles, 155

9 Joints, 181

10 Ossification times, 191

11 Foramina—skull and spine, 197

12 Position of structures according to vertebral levels, 205

13 Pharyngeal derivatives, 207

14 Surface anatomy and key areas, 211

Rules and exceptions, 267