An Overview of Anatomy
Laszlo Vass, Ed.D. Version 42-0001-00-01
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Exercise 1: Anatomical Position
A. Explain why it is important to have a universally accepted anatomical position when studying the structure of humans.
It is important to have a universally accepted anatomical position when studying human structure to limit confusion when describing the human body’s direction or location of organ or bones. When the body is in anatomical position the body is standing erect, feet are shoulder width apart, toes are pointing forward, arms are down by the sides, and the palms are facing forward.
Exercise 2: Surface Anatomy
A. Review Figure 3. Complete the table by placing each letter from the figure next to its corresponding body landmark.
Figure 1: Anatomicallandmarks
B. Mr. Shmelgenbelcher has had a rough day. He woke up with a pain in his cervical region. He fell off his bike and bruised his crural region. He pulled a muscle in his inguinal region and was whacked by a revolving door in his scapular region. Describe where each of these areas of the body is located on poor Mr. Shmelgenbelcher.
Cervical Region: neck
Crural Region: anterior region of leg
Inguinal Region: groin
Scapular Region: shoulder
Exercise 3: Body Orientation
A. Use the directional terms to fill in the blanks.
a. The nose is medial
to the ears.
b. The elbow is distal
to the shoulder and proximal
to the wrist. c. The heart is lateral
to the spine.
d. The stomach is anterior
to the ribs.
e. The pinky finger is distal
to the thumb.
Muscles are superficial
to the skeleton.
g. The mouth is anterior
to the ears. h. The brain is cephalic
to the spinal cord.
Exercise 4: Body Planes and Sections
In the space below, draw the cut sections of your potato for each of the three body planes:
Frontal plane Sagittal plane Transverse plane
A. Which of the following organs would not be visible if you cut the body in a mid-sagittal section? Explain below.
a. The brain
b. The stomach
c. The heart
d. The kidneys
The kidneys would not be visible due to there being a left kidney and a right kidney.
The only organs that would be visible are the organs that are medial.
Exercise 5: Body Cavities
A. What organs are found in the pelvic cavity?
Urinary bladder, colon , rectum, loops of small intestine, and reproductive organs.
B. If the doctor presses on the right hypochondriac region, what organ is the doctor likely pressing on?
C. Describe what is found in the dorsal body cavity.
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