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  1. A friend introduced me to this nice anatomy program. It has an extensive model of the human body (at the moment only male, though they have a supplement for the female pelvis, with a full female body to come). One advantage is that it allows you to visualise all those little muscles that intertwine with other muscles in 3D, that are so awkward so see in most anatomy books. There are extensive tools for adding layers of muscles, connective tissue, nervous system, etc, at will, selecting some, fading others, etc. One especially nice thing is that in many cases the action of the muscle can be shown in a movie - as shown in this screen capture (attached). There are lots of other tools, which I've not explored. I have a single user single-platform licence (one-off fee of US$60) - there are also annual licences for student, professional, teaching use etc which allow sharing of information, access to quizzes etc. As far as I am aware, I can't share the video (which the system will save), except through their own system (needing the appropriate licences presumably), though I can do it with a screen capture There are limitations. In general, it does not show the internal anatomy of the individual structures. The central nervous system only shows as the outer layer of dura mater. An anatomy book with detailed drawings might show more detail of the muscles, giving a better idea of the organisation of the muscle fascicles within (and similarly with other structures). It is an anatomy program, and not a biomechanics program, so it only shows simple movements from a neutral position - for example, it does not show how the leg muscles act if the hip starts from a turned out position (as in ballet). Some muscles (e.g. around the rib cage) may not have a movie associated (maybe because the actions are not certain, or are too complex to program). It has allowed me to easily get insight into some points of muscle action that have been puzzling me - I have found it a very valuable program, and have only just started exploring its potential. There is a 3-day free trial. Highly recommended. 3D4Medical_Complete_Anatomy_demo_3.mp4
  2. Just got "Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology" by Karen Clippinger. If you dont know this one already, I suggest you might consider it as a very valuable supplementary resource for therapy and teaching. I first came across it when looking for information on the knee, using a Google search - some pages of the book came up. It had all sorts of very useful detailed information that I could not find elsewhere. It has only just arrived in the post, so I have not read it all in detail yet - but it lives up to its promise - valuable detailed information on how the body moves (including in subtle ways - the subtle twists and forces that occur during movements, which may underlie some pathological conditions), plus full information on all the muscles, pathology, subtle cues for movement, etc. Although its context is dance (and ballet in particular), the lessons are general. For me, it will be a very valuable resource to expand my knowledge of the body. It cost $77 from The Book Depository (includes postage from the UK - took about a week to arrive) - or $52 from Amazon plus the cost of postage. Jim.
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