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Anatomy is learnt not taught. The study of anatomy involves the acquisition of a large amount of basic information. The use of this basic information to draw inferences from signs and symptoms is the science of anatomy and the basis of clinical medicine.

The size of the database forming the body of basic anatomical knowledge is substantial and often leads to the pointless acquisition of irrelevant minutiae. This program has been written to help you direct your study without getting lost in these minutiae. The key to retaining anatomical knowledge is to see it in a clinical perspective – irrelevant facts or meaningless lists and numbers do not fit this principle. The underlying basis for a new approach to learning anatomy is to concentrate on the principle. This recurring pattern of linked concepts can be applied to multiple situations, some never before encountered.

The learning of anatomy is often self-directed involving multiple resources and sound advice from experienced practitioners. Retention of knowledge involves repetition, but ideally from different perspectives.

With the inclusion in medical courses of many new topics, there has been a decreased emphasis on anatomy by those that should know better. Anatomy must not only form a large part of the training of health professionals, it must be taught ‘smarter’. There must be an emphasis on clinical applications from day 1. And students should never have to learn details of anatomy that have no clinical application. Hence non-medically trained teachers must have access to medical advisers.

This program concentrates on clinically-applicable (Essential) Anatomy. It should be Explored, not rote-learnt. It provides an overview of clinical anatomy and is not a reference text. For detailed anatomy, see Anatomedia (anatomedia.com). For more details on important surgical applications, see Exploring Essential Surgery (App store).

What's New

Version 2.3

Fixed iOS8 compatibility issues

Ratings and Reviews

Why, why, no landscape view!??!!


This app really needs to have screen rotation capability between portrait and landscape modes. The lack of landscape view is both inconvenient and defies the fact that these are dedicated iPad apps, apparently not even intended for use on iPhones. Otherwise, IMO, this app would deserve a solid four or even five stars for content and design. I considered contacting this Developer with an update request relating to the lack of Landscape display functionality but the iTunes website link leads to an Australian hernia clinic so it was unclear if they are Dartos or if the link is just a mistake.

Needs updated!!


This could be an excellent app, but it needs to be fixed. Currently, the abdominal and pelvic anatomy sections are filled with half written pages about scalp and shoulder anatomy. Seems like an odd oversight. Some of the sections are complete and would be valuable resources if they were relevant to my study, but sadly this app is of no use to me in its current condition. 3 stars for potential. I really hope this issue is fixed.

Do Not Purchase -- crashes on new OS


Lots of potential but the developers must update it, and they have not for newer iOS leading to constant crashing. Useless app as a result. Sad.


Gerard Ahern
347.3 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Frequent/Intense Medical/Treatment Information
© 2011 Ahern and Brygel


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