Anatomical Inquisatory Acquisition

I recently responded to a post on Live Journal, explaining that I had ceased running for a month because I had tweaked my erector spinae and paraspinal muscles. Then I thought to myself, “Self, is it really those muscles, or some other set and you just made that crap up?”

Off to the web! We need an anatomy resource!

  • Gray’s Anatomy. The Authority. But difficult to read on this website.
  • This site superficializes. For example, You can’t look at the erector spinae or other deep muscles! Damn them!
  • This site just weirded me out. I clicked on the page and the first things I read were: “Test Your Knowlege: Self Tests” and “Play Against Others: Multiplayer Games.”

    Mulitplayer anatomy games? Sounds like FUN! Let’s click through…

    Well, it’s a Jeopardy-ish type game, but I didn’t see the multiplayer aspect. Oh well. I elected to be tested in my cardiovascular knowledge and learned that I don’t know much.

    This site is “A collection of study aids for entry-level anatomy and physiology students,” a quote taken directly from the page. Mostly a collection of quizzes. I did not think it was going to help.

  • All right, WARNING! If you click through to this link, you will be able to drill down and see images of a dissected human cadaver. If this would disturb you, do not do it! The link I’ve posted here will only take you to the home page, but it’s on your own head if you keep going. I didn’t think I was going to find what I was looking for here either, and I want to enjoy breakfast this morning (I thought about trying for med school when I was in college—early college—but I didn’t think I could cope with cutting people up for a living).
  • I could go on, but none of these links was really satisfactory. Thankfully, I have a copy of The Anatomy Coloring Book and Gray’s Anatomy (not to be confused with the TV show).

    The lesson here is, the web can’t do everything, yet. There are still plenty of things where you need to sit down and pore over a reference book.

    Back to my coffee now. And I still haven’t answered my own question.

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