Online Anatomy and Medical Illustration Resources

A request from a patron resulted in my collecting a list of anatomy and medical illustration resources:

The Visible Human

The Visible Human Project® is an outgrowth of the NLM’s 1986 Long-Range Plan. It is the creation of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies. Acquisition of transverse CT, MR and cryosection images of representative male and female cadavers has been completed. The male was sectioned at one millimeter intervals, the female at one-third of a millimeter intervals.

This page is a gold mine of neat stuff.

NetAnatomy Home Page
Created by physicians and Ph.D.s at George Washington University and the American University of Beirut, NetAnatomy contains sections on radiographic, cross-sectional, and gross anatomy.

NetAnatomy is designed to teach human anatomy to students of the health professions, including undergraduate medical, health sciences, and nursing students. NetAnatomy also serves as a place to review anatomy after one’s initial exposure to the subject, e.g. students beginning a clinical rotation, USMLE (National Board) preparation, etc. View how anatomical content is selected for inclusion for information on the factors that govern anatomical content at this website.

WebAnatomy (University of MN)

“A collection of study aids for entry-level anatomy and physiology students”

Instant Anatomy

Created by Robert Whitaker, retired pediatric urological surgeon. Dr. Whitaker teaches clinically applied topographical anatomy at Cambridge University, and is an examiner for the MRCS at the English and Edinburgh Colleges of Surgeons.

Human Anatomy Online


Welcome to inner exploration of Human Anatomy. Each topic has animations, 100’s of graphics, and thousands of descriptive links. Study the anatomy of the human body. It’s fun, interactive, and an ideal reference site for students or those who just want to know more about the medical descriptions used by doctors and nurses.

Anatomy Atlases

List of anatomy links collected by Dr. Ronald Bergman, PhD.

Dr. Bergman has taught anatomy for nearly half a century. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and was a fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He has held faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School and the American University of Beirut. He joined the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine faculty in 1980, and retired from there in 1997. Always the teacher, Dr. Bergman continues to reach new generations of students through Anatomy Atlases.

AMA Atlas of the Body


Dream Anatomy


The interior of our bodies is hidden to us. What happens beneath the skin is mysterious, fearful, amazing. In antiquity, the body’s internal structure was the subject of speculation, fantasy, and some study, but there were few efforts to represent it in pictures. The invention of the printing press in the 15th century-and the cascade of print technologies that followed-helped to inspire a new spectacular science of anatomy, and new spectacular visions of the body. Anatomical imagery proliferated, detailed and informative but also whimsical, surreal, beautiful, and grotesque — a dream anatomy that reveals as much about the outer world as it does the inner self.

Medical Animation Library (University of Pennsylvania)

Flash and Quicktime animations by A.D.A.M.

Street Anatomy (via)

Vanessa Ruiz, a graduate student in Biomedical Visualization at the University of Illinois at Chicago, blogs about Medical Illustration. Fascinating and fun.

6 thoughts on “Online Anatomy and Medical Illustration Resources

  1. That’s an interesting list! As a medical illustrator who creates 3D computer generated animation for healthcare, I can attest that there are many resources out there to learn anatomy. It’s wonderful that through technology we are able to explore the human anatomy without making one incision! Our clients love what we do because we can take their concept- an idea or sketch and make it come to life. If you are interested visit: for a gallery of work. Thanks!

  2. Just what I was looking for–this is exactly the kind of incredibly useful and detailed post that makes you king of the medlib bloggers! Hats off and thanks.

  3. David — just to let you know – it appears the link for Human Anatomy Online is incorrect. The “htm/body.html/” should be shaved off.

    Thanks for the list — they’re all going in our library’s bookmarks.

  4. Thanks for the information, for low level Anatomy and Physiology students its has been very hard to get something that at the level of Nursing or Allied health fields, i.e. basic Anatomy and Physiology. Recently, Minnay Institute of Health Sciences has made a bold step of producing Anatomy and Physiology I and II lectures on DVDs and Video for that level students and it has been very help for my students as supplemental material and also the mandatory reference for my online students, I hope this helps somebody, the videos can be found at

    Dan, MD PhD