Thursday, April 30, 2009


The following site has great slides on the tissues, as well as complimentary audio, games, name it. Sarah Bellham has done a wonderful job on this site and actually makes learning histology fun and interesting. Check out her compilation to prepare for that lab test!

Don't forget to look at the archived blogs in March. There are a whole host of sites that may be helpful.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Following is a collection of videos on the endocrine system:

An endocrine system tutorial from Pearson that is pretty comprehensive:

A tutorial on the exocrine glands:

Take an online quiz or two on the endocrine system:

Let's not forget Marian Diamond at UC Berkeley. This link contains 3 0r 4 lectures on the endocrine system. It starts with #36, but it seems to be in the middle of a lecture. I think that the end of #35 may contain the missing info. Search for it on Youtube and leave a comment if you find the missing piece.

Several links to anatomy sites:
This site is compliments of McGraw Hill and contains some great interactive tutorials as well as quizzes and flashcards. Terrific resource!
mnemonic for the hormones of the anterior pituitary:
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


This page is courtesy of The site has several videos that show the structure and function of the lymphatic system:

Here is a link to a site that has a variety of slides that depict the spleen, tonsil, and lymphatic tissue:

Following is a page that has several Medical Mnemonics for the lymphatic system.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009


Here are a few mnemonics that were specific to the arteries and veins:

Aortic arch: major branch order
"Know your ABC'S":
Aortic arch gives rise to:
Brachiocephalic trunk
left Common Carotid
left Subclavian
_ Beware though trick question of 'What is first branch of aorta?' Technically, it's the coronary arteries.

Brachial Artery is Medial to Biceps In elbow.

Coelic trunk: branches
Left Hand Side (LHS):
Left gastric artery
Hepatic artery
Splenic artery

Descending abdominal aorta branches from diaphragm to iliacs
"Prostitutes Cause Sagging Swollen Red Testicles [in men] Living In Sin":
Phrenic [inferior]
Superior mesenteric
Suprarenal [middle]
Testicular ["in men" only]
Inferior mesenteric

Thursday, April 9, 2009


If you are ready to take a short break from your studies, take a peak at this
brief video showing some of the bodies at the BodyWorld exhibit. Really spectacular show.


Following are several sites that provide some great pictures of the arteries and veins.

Don't forget about Professor Fink! Here are a few of his videos on Youtube in no particular order.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


So...this post is for the real anatomy geeks out there who want to reinforce their knowledge and ace that next test no matter what it takes. Go to itunes and look through their audio and video podcast list. If you type in anatomy as a search, all kinds of interesting things come up. Forget that cardio mix during your morning run...listen to a little neuron action!

I found a few great free podcasts on the nervous system, complete with diagrams and drawings. These are actual classroom lectures, so there is some information that is irrelevant, but most of the content is great. I was amazed at how it solidified the information gained in our class and lecture. Here are two of my favorites:

Anatomy and Physiology with Doc C. I believe that I initially looked under biology 2110/2120 and this came up. I subscribed to this podcast and uploaded several that were relevant right now. Another was ZOOL 1090. This is a great lecture with a professor and several students in a question and answer type format. The content is great and it is a video podcast, so you can observe the diagrams and models that he uses. Good stuff!

Friday, April 3, 2009


Okay...this video tutorial on cow eye dissection begins with the cheesiest elevator music, but it is pretty informative.
I thought this next website was great.
I will add a few more over the weekend...


Following are a few websites that include information on the eyes and ears.

EYES I thought this was a useful site. I would like to credit it to Ted, whoever he may be.

This website was really interesting and had a variety of information regarding the structure of the human eye. There are several videos along with the diagrams they provide.

Really cool archived video from 1940 about the function of the ear.

A short Youtube video with a professor reviewing the anatomy of the ear in lab

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Here is a great site for cranial nerves, compliments of Yale University. It appears to be pretty concise.

I thought this mnemonic was a great way to memorize the cranial nerves. Compliments of Jane Jane from Medical Terminology Avenue.

Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel A Great Victory is Such Happiness
Oh = CN I Olfactory
Oh= CN II Optic
Oh = CN III Oculomotor
To= CN IV Trochlear
Touch = CN V Trigeminal
And = CN VI Abducens
Feel = CN VII Facial
A = CN VIII Auditory (vestibulochochlear)
Great = CN IX Glossopharyngeal
Victory = CN X Vagus
Such = CN XI Spinal Accessory
Happiness = CN XII Hypoglossal
This is a great interactive site with great diagrams and explanations of the nerve function coupled with the location.
Wondering how to remember which nerves are sensory, motor or mixed? Here is a great mnemonic that can help:
Some Say Marry Money, But My Brother Says Big Brains Matter More
S = sensory
M = motor
B = both
start with CN I and work your way down...


For those of you who are just looking for a few links to the nervous system, you may want to skip the next few paragraphs. For those of you who have a few moments to spare during your studies, read on...

The study of the nervous system would hardly be complete without some acknowledgement of diseases that arise from disorders of the nervous system and the brain. Diseases such as Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis, to name a few. My family and I are avid supporters of the MS Society and walk/run and raise money whenever we can. My sister-in-law and brother- in-law both struggle with MS. Their daily life is effected at every moment, as are so many others.

I had the pleasure of watching Michael J. Fox on an interview with Oprah this week. I had some time to spare between work and class, and thought I would sit down for a moment and see what he had to say. I admire his spirit and especially his ability to transform the debilitating disease of Parkinson's into a personal triumph.

It is interesting to hear Michael speak so eloquently and, at the same time, watch his body squirm and twitch while he is being interviewed. After awhile, the movement becomes a minor distraction. What he has to say is way too important to miss. I can't tell you how many times during the interview I had tears in my eyes. I have to add that some of it was because he was so damn funny about the most inane things. But then again, brushing your teeth when you have so little motor control could be quite amusing. But then I believe that would depend on the level of acceptance you have of yourself with a crippling disease such as Parkinson's.

This man has remained positive, in his own terms, "an incurable optimist", and continues to remain high profile in order to increase public awareness about Parkinson's. I highly recommend watching the interview, as it solidifies the sense that life is short. Things happen and how we respond to that makes all the difference in the quality of our life.

To observe another human being suffer is the ultimate sadness to me. To watch them learn from that suffering, the ultimate joy.

With that being said...below are a few links I found on the nervous system and it's function: