25 Best Online Galleries to Study Human Anatomy

One way to get ahead in your nursing career is to obtain more education, including a higher degree. Another way to move up the career ladder is to learn more about anatomy through various galleries offered on the Web. The following list of the 25 best online galleries to study human anatomy include illustrations, photographs and even videos of actual human cadaver dissection. The images are professional, offered by companies or universities, and include histories of anatomical views as well as the impact of trauma on the human body. The views also include superficial to microscopic anatomy.

General Anatomy

Heart Anatomy

  1. 3D Science: This site offers various views of human anatomy, with case studies and clip art. Click on “Human Factors” to find anatomy, biology and medical illustrations
  2. Anatomy Corner: The main focus of Anatomycorner.com is to organize and compile anatomy resources, mainly in the form of image banks. A teacher outside St. Louis is compiling the galleries in this site and they all are licensed via Creative Commons.
  3. Anatomy of the Human Body: Images included in this list at Bartleby are from Henry Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body (1918). Unfortunately, they are listed by number, so it takes some time to go through the list and click on thumbnails for larger images. But, the illustrations are as the originals.
  4. Cadaver Dissections Videos: This video gallery, provided courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Medical College, offers the basics of human dissection. Not for the faint of heart, as these are actual depictions of human cadavers.
  5. Dream Anatomy Gallery: Drawn mainly from the collections of the National Library of Medicine, Dream Anatomy shows off the anatomical imagination in some of its most astonishing incarnations from 1500 to the present.
  6. GetBodySmart: This is an online textbook about human anatomy and physiology, including an overview of human body systems, the skeletal system, muscle tissue physiology, muscular and nervous systems and histology. The images are drawings, not photographs.
  7. Human Anatomy Online: This interactive tutorial and reference offers views of the head and neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum, back and upper and lower extremities. Use the index for an easier reference guide to images included in this site.
  8. Surgical anatomy

  9. Human Being: The Visual Dictionary Online provides a section on the human body, including anatomy. The section includes muscles, skeleton, teeth, blood circulation, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, nervous system and male and female reproductive organs.
  10. Inner Body: This guide to human anatomy online allows users to pick a system within the body to analyze it further. The choices include skeletal, digestive and muscular systems, lymphatic, endocrine, nervous and cardiovascular systems, male and female reproductive systems and urinary tract.
  11. MANanatomy: This entire site deals with body systems, histology and basic anatomy. You can obtain a brief but effective explanation of all concepts of human anatomy. All the topics are explained in such a way that they are quick to learn and easy to remember.
  12. MedlinePlus Anatomy: This medical site offers links to descriptions and pictures of the human body’s parts and organ systems from head to toe. Images and information include specific conditions and related issues. The majority of pictures and photographs are from the American Medical Association.
  13. Stanford School of Medicine Lane Medical Library Images: This image library contains four sections: The Bassett Collection contains over 1,500 human anatomical images; Springerimages Database contains over 2.5 million high-quality presentation-ready medical images; Classic Anatomy is gathered from Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy, and is not available digitally. The final digital image sources lead to other anatomical resources.
  14. Visible Body: Although not free, Visible Body publishes amazing anatomy and physiology images, sold through its Web site and at the iTunes App Store. Subscriptions are available to educational, individual or business users. Visible Body also maintains a YouTube Channel.

Specific Anatomy

Muscle System

  1. Anatomy of the Central Nervous System: eMedicineHealth offers slideshows, illustrations and information about the central nervous system, including an overview and a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) quiz.
  2. Anatomy of The Human Heart: Various illustrated views of the heart and arteries are included in this gallery. This gallery is part of the Dames’ Clinical Nursing Education Page.
  3. Brain Anatomy Images: These illustration highlight various parts of the brain. These images are part of a larger site about the brain.
  4. Explore the Human Body: National Geographic offers images from the book, Body: The Complete Human, to explore online. Systems include brain, heart, digestive, lungs and skin.
  5. Fetal Respiratory System: The Endowment for Human Development provides a series of images that show the development of the respiratory system in a fetus.
  6. Historical Anatomies on the Web: This site is a digital project designed to give Internet users access to high quality images from important anatomical atlases in the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) collection. Atlases and images are selected primarily for their historical and artistic significance, with priority placed upon the earliest and/or the best edition of a work in NLM’s possession.
  7. Human Eye

  8. MedMotion: This gallery offers popup views of several body systems, including cellular and molecular biology, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and fetal lung development.
  9. Musculoskeletal Atlas: Musculoskeletal Atlas contains more than 80 anatomical images of upper and lower extremities. Dr. Teitz and Dr. Graney from the University of Washington in Seattle, offer these medical illustrations under licenses.
  10. Orthoteers: Consider this site as one of the largest orthopedic e-texbooks on the Web. Orthoteers is constantly expanding with new pages and images being added and edited daily.
  11. The Body Revealed: Renaissance and Baroque Anatomical Illustration: The images in this gallery are from an exhibition held in the Special Collections Department, University of Glasgow, February to May 1996.
  12. Trauma Gallery: While many anatomy galleries deal with dissection or the perfect anatomical view, this gallery offers a chance to view anatomy under attack. View abrasions, burns, chest and eye injuries, lacerations and other traumas and how these injuries affect the body.
  13. University of Arkansas Gross Anatomy Atlas Images: The Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences offers photographic images of the eye, nose and paranasal sinuses, pharynx and larynx, brain, spinal cord, thorax and hand for anatomy students. Most of the images are dissection views.
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